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JOHN BENJAMIN WESLEY

  7th July 2010

John Wesley, the celebrated preacher and founder of the Methodist Church, was a life-long opponent of slavery. John Benjamin Wesley was born in 1703 in Epworth, few miles (37 km) northwest of Lincoln, England. He was the 15th child of Samuel Wesley and his wife Susanna Annesley. His father was a graduate of the University of Oxford and a Church of England rector. In 1689 Samuel, his father married Susanna Annesley, who was the 25th child of Dr. Samuel Annesley. Susanna bore Samuel Wesley 19 children, but only seven lived. John's most outstanding encounter "Aldersgate experience" of 24 May 1738, occurred at a Moravian meeting in Aldersgate Street, London, in which he heard a reading of Martin Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans, and penned the now famous lines "I felt my heart strangely warmed" ,revolutionized the character and method of his ministry and was the beginning of a landmark exploit for God.

1. FAMILY LIFE OF JOHN WESLEY:
At the age of 5, John was rescued from the burning rectory. As in many families at the time, Wesley's parents gave their children their early education. Each child, including the girls, was taught to read as soon as they could walk and talk. In 1714, at age 11, Wesley was sent to the Charterhouse School in London where he lived the studious, methodical and for a while religious life in which he had been trained at home. His marriage was not a pleasant story.

2. EXPLOITS OF JOHN WESLEY:
As a student at Oxford University, John was the leader of a religious movement called holy club founded by Charles his brother; a movement that later metamorphosed to the Methodist movement. Wesley traveled generally on horseback, preaching 2 or 3 times daily. Stephen Tomkins writes that he "rode 250,000 miles, gave away 30,000 pounds and preached more than 40,000 sermons. He formed societies, opened chapels, examined and commissioned preachers, administered aid charities, prescribed for the sick, helped to pioneer the use of electric shock for the treatment of illness,[superintended schools and orphanages, and received at least £20,000 for his publications but used little of it for himself. Wesley and the Methodists were persecuted by clergymen and magistrates because they preached without being ordained or licensed by the Anglican Church. This was seen as a social threat that disregarded institutions. Ministers attacked them in sermons and in print, and at times mobs attacked them. Wesley died on 2 March 1791, in his 87th year. As he lay dying, his friends gathered around him, Wesley grasped their hands and said repeatedly, "Farewell, farewell." At the end, he said "The best of all is, God is with us", lifted his arms and raised his feeble voice again, repeating the words, "The best of all is, God is with us." Because of his charitable nature he died poor, leaving as the result of his life's work 135,000 members and 541 itinerant preachers under the name "Methodist". It has been said that "when John Wesley was carried to his grave, he left behind him a good library of books, a well-worn clergyman's gown," and the Methodist Church.

CONCLUSION:
The good/evil that men do live after them. You’ld be remembered by what you do for God.                                                                                                              Back to top

 

CHARLES WESLEY

 

14th July 2010

Charles Wesley was the son of Susanna Samuel Wesley. He was born in EpworthLincolnshireEngland, where his father was rector. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford, and formed the "Oxford Methodist" group among his fellow students in 1727 which his elder brother, John joined in 1729 soon becoming its leader.
 
1. FAMILY LIFE OF CHARLES WESLEY:
Charles Wesley (18 Dec. 170729 Mar 1788) was an English leader and poet of the Methodist movement. In 1749, he married the much younger Sarah Gwynne, daughter of Marmaduke Gwynne, a wealthy Welsh magistrate. She accompanied the brothers on their evangelistic journeys throughout Britain, until Charles ceased to travel in 1765. They moved to Great Chesterfield Street in Marylebone, where they remained until Charles' death. Charles and Sarah had 8 children, but only 3 survived infancy: Charles Wesley junior (1757–1834), Samuel Wesley (1766–1837) & Sarah Wesley. Both Samuel and Charles junior were organists and composers; Samuel Wesley's son, Samuel Sebastian Wesley, was one of the foremost British composers of the nineteenth century, and some of Charles junior's works are still available and played. Charles Wesley is chiefly remembered for the many hymns he wrote. He founded Wesley Chapel in the village of Brayton, which is just south of Selby. His house, located nearby, can still be visited today.
 
2. EXPLOITS OF CHARLES WESLEY:
After graduating with a Masters' in classical languages and literature, Charles followed his father and brother into the church in 1735. On 14 October 1735, Charles and his brother John sailed on "The Simmonds" from Gravesend, Kent for Savannah in the Georgia Colony in British America an the request of the governor, James Oglethorpe. Charles was appointed Secretary of Indian Affairs and while John remained in Savannah, Charles went as chaplain to the garrison and colony at Fort FredericaSt. Simon's Island, arriving there Tuesday, 9 March, 1736 according to his journal entry[1]. However, matters did not turn out well, and he was largely rejected by the settlers. In July 1736, Charles was commissioned to England as the bearer of dispatches to the trustees of the colony. On 16 August 1736, he sailed from Charleston, South Carolina, never to return to the Georgia colony again. In the course of his career, Charles Wesley published the words of over six thousand hymns, writing the words for a further two thousand, many of which are still popular. Charles lived and worked in the area around St Marylebone Parish Church and so, just before his death, he sent for its rector John Harley and told him "Sir, whatever the world may say of me, I have lived, and I die, a member of the Church of England. I pray you to bury me in your churchyard."
 
CONCLUSION:
You and I must utilize our God given gifts for the glory of God and the upliftment of mankind.

 

 

CHARLES G. FINNEY

 

21st July 2010

Ex 23:25, Jos 24:14

Charles Grandison Finney (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875) was a Presbyterian and Congregationalist figure in the Second Great Awakening. His influence during this period was enough that he has been called The Father of Modern Revivalism. Finney was known for his innovations in preaching and religious meetings such as having women pray in public meetings of mixed gender, development of the "anxious seat" (a place where those considering becoming Christians could come to receive prayer) and public censure of individuals by name in sermons and prayers. He was also known for his use of extemporaneous preaching.

1.             BIOGRAPHY: 1Pet. 5:2
Born in Warren, Connecticut,[3] Finney was the youngest of 15 children. The son of farmers, Finney never attended college, but his 6-foot 3-inch stature, piercing eyes, musical skill and leadership abilities gained him recognition in his community.[He studied as an apprentice to become a lawyer, but after a dramatic conversion experience and baptism into the Holy Spirit in Adams, New York, he resigned from all of his duties at his law office to attend to the call of God on his life, which was to preach the gospel. At age 29 under George Washington Gale, Finney studied to become a licensed minister in the Presbyterian Church, though he had many misgivings about the fundamental doctrines taught in that denomination. Finney was married 3 times in his life. In 1824, he married Lydia Root Andrews (1804-1847). In 1848 he married Elizabeth Ford Atkinson (1799-1863). In 1865 he married Rebecca Allen Rayl (1824-1907). All 3 of these women assisted Finney in his evangelistic efforts, accompanying him on his revival tours during their lives. Finney had six children, all by his first wife.

2.                   EXPLOITS: Rom.12: 1-2
Charles Finney pastored the Chatham Street Chapel, and he later founded and pastored the Broadway Tabernacle, known today as Broadway United Church of Christ. Finney's presentation of the gospel message reached thousands and influenced many communities. In addition to becoming a popular Christian evangelist, Finney was involved with the abolitionist movement and frequently denounced slavery from the pulpit. In 1835, he moved to Ohiowhere he became a professor and later president of Oberlin College from 1851 to 1866. Oberlin became active early in the movement to end slavery and was among the first American colleges to co-educate blacks and women with white men. He is also credited for praying to end a drought that had plagued the Ohio region. He reportedly brought an umbrella to the prayer session even though there were no clouds. Finney was a third-degree Master Mason for eight years.[12] However, he left Freemasonry later in life. "I soon found that I was completely converted from Freemasonry to Christ, and that I could have no fellowship with any of the proceedings of the lodge, Its oaths appeared to me to be monstrously profane and barbarous."

CONCLUSION:
God expects us to make history by rendering unto him uncommon exploits and acceptable service (Mr 10:43-44)

 

 

 

 

 

JOHN BUNYAN

 

4th Aug. 2010

John Bunyan (1628-1688), author of the "Pilgrim's Progress," "Holy War," "Grace abounding," &c., was born at the village of Elstow, Bedfordshire [England]. The son of an illiterate tinker (they mend kettles and pots), John was sixteen years when he joined the Parliamentary army to fight for the Roundheads against the Cavaliers. (Tinker= unskillful worker: a clumsy or unskillful worker, especially at repair work or somebody good at many tasks). His life, mission, marriage, exploits and imprisonments stand today as great lessons for our generation.

1.                  LIFE & TIMES OF JOHN BUNYAN:  Jn. 17: 2-3
John’s parents were Thomas Bunyan and Margaret Bently. Like her husband, Margaret was from Elstow; and like him, she was born in 1603. They married on 27 May 1627.  He only went to school for about two to four years. He was educated at his father's house with other poor country boys and what little education he received was to benefit his father and his own future trade. In 1644, at the age of 16, Bunyan lost his mother and two sisters, all of whom died within months of each other; and his father married for the third time. It may have been the arrival of his stepmother that precipitated his estrangement and subsequent enlistment in the parliamentary army. He served in the parliamentary army at Newport Pagnell garrison (1644–1647) as the civil war was nearing the end of the first stage. He was saved from death by a fellow soldier who volunteered to go into battle in his place and was killed while walking sentry duty. Mary Bunyan (c.1625-1656?) was the 1st wife of John, they were married in 1647. Raised by godly parents, she was an important influence in his conversion to Christ. They had four children, two sons (John and Thomas) and two daughters (Mary and Elizabeth). Mary, born in 1650 was their eldest child and blind. Elizabeth Bunyan (c.1630-1691?) was his 2nd wife. They were married in 1659, shortly before he was arrested and imprisoned, leaving her to care for his 4 children by his first wife. During this time he wrote The Pilgrim's Progress. She traveled to London on several occasions to petition for her husband's release. They had 2 children, Sarah and Joseph.
 
2.          EXPLOITS:   Gal. 6: 1-2
While playing a game, in the village square, Bunyan claimed to have heard a voice that asked: "Wilt thou leave thy sins and go to heaven or have thy sins and go to hell?" He believed it was the voice of God chastising his indulgent ways. His spirituality was born from this experience. In 1660 Bunyan was arrested at a meeting at Lower Samsell in Bedfordshire and found guilty of preaching without a license to "unlawful assemblies". Bunyan spent the next twelve years in Bedford gaol. While he was there he wrote a series of books about religion. This included Profitable Meditations(1661), I Will Pray with the Spirit (1663), Christian Behaviour (1663), The Holy City (1665), The Resurrection of the Dead (1665) and an autobiography, Grace Abounding (1666). Bunyan was released in 1672, but five years later he was once again imprisoned for illegal preaching. While in prison for the second time, Bunyan wrote his most famous book, The Pilgrim's Progress. The book tells the story of a man called Christian who goes on a pilgrimage. On his journey Christian has a series of exciting adventures.
 
CONCLUSION: Periods of trial could be helpful to make positive impacts and outstanding landmarks. You are I are expected to transform our generations in unique ways.

 

 

DR. D.K. OLUKOYA

11th Aug. 2010

Pastor Daniel Kolawole Olukoya is the founder and General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (Worldwide), and The Battle Cry Christian Ministries, (Worldwide). As a researcher, he has over 70 scientific publications to his credit. Anointed by God, Dr. Olukoya is a prophet, evangelist, teacher and preacher of the Word. His life and that of his wife, Pastor Shade, and their son, Elijah Toluwani, are living proofs that all power belongs to God. His life, zeal, commitment and passion to the heavenly vision in particular his quest to see that human beings are delivered from the shackles of the enemy made him outstanding among his pearls. Meet Dr. D.K Olukoya in this brief study about his life and mission.

1.             THE MAN DAN.KOLA OLUKOYA                : Ex 23:25
When Dr. Kolawole Daniel Olukoya was born some forty­ five years ago, little did his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Olukoya, know that they had taken delivery of an exceptional child ordained by God to fulfill a destiny that would in turn, positively affect the destiny of others. Dr. Olukoya laid down an academic blueprint whose pedigree remains outstanding. At Saint John's CAC Primary School, Akure in Ondo State, and Saint Jude's primary School, Ebute Metta, Lagos where he completed his primary education. Rather than occupy himself with exuberance that was a common feature among the youths, he developed a passion for God. Dr. Daniel Olukoya's academic profile took a leap while at Methodist Boys' High School Lagos, where he graduated with Grade One Distinction & was the best student in his set. He took his academic exploits to the prestigious University of Lagos and, as would be expected, the genius in him proved that all earlier outstanding academic results were no fluke, as he graduated with a first class honours degree. In fact it was the first from the department since the university was established in 1962.

Dr. Olukoya's thirst for more academic laurels found expression at the University of Reading, UK, where, with a Commonwealth scholarship, he studied for a PhD in Molecular Genet­ics, which was completed in record time, making him probably the first Nigerian to obtain a Ph.D. in this subject area. With such an intimidating academic resume! it was only natural that opportunities would beckon. But not even the pressure to stay back in England could sway him from returning to Nigeria. His first port of call on arrival was the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), Yaba. He was a lecturer as well as external examiner to a number of Nigerian universities, among them the University of Lagos and university of Benin. Dr. Olukoya is on record as having been the first scientist to establish an indigenous Molecular Biology and Biotechnology laboratory in Nigeria. One important contribution by Dr. Olukoya to biotechnology and health care delivery is the creation of a new type of Pap (Ogi), named Dogik, a weaning food that has improved nutritional qualities that can control diarrhea. The laboratory also ranks among the first to done genes in Nigeria. Dr. Olukoya has supervised over 20 Ph.D. students, most of who are doing well in their chosen fields. 

2.         THE MINISTRY OF DR.D.K. OLUKOYA: , Jos 24:14
In his days at NIMR, Dr. Olukoya de­votes much of his time to God through preaching, delivering papers at seminars, singing etc.  MFM was founded in July 1989 at the sitting room of Dr. D. K. Olukoya with 25 people at the first service. The Church later moved to No. 60, Old Yaba Road, Alagomeji, and finally to the present Headquarters site on 24th April 1994. Presently, there is an on-going construction of a 500,000 capacity Ultra Modern Deliverance Conference Prayer Stadium- the largest edifice in the world. MFM has thousands of branches spread across Nigeria, Africa & Asia. A huge percentage of branches are also located in the United States and Europe. The Ministry is noted for its unique, powerful prayers that are fast redefining the major strategic input that puts the devil and his cohorts in the most bemused of confusion. MFM headquarters is the largest single congregation in Africa, with attendance of over 200,000 in single meetings. In addition to his over 80 scientific publications, he has written more than double that number of spiritual books, 150 of them, most of which are bestsellers. Most of the books were written in English, Yoruba & French languages. Dr. Olukoya has 70 Christian songs that he has composed.

CONCLUSION: The life of this man of God should put spiritual pressure on you. What exploits can be traced to you? Is there any outstanding service to God & humankind of eternal value to your credit?

 

APOSTLE AYO. BABALOLA

18th Aug. 2010

Great men appear now and again to help shape the course of human history. So is the lessons learnt from great heroes of faith we’ve been studying for some times now. Apostle Ayo Babalola was a legend indeed in the indigenization of Christianity in Nigeria particularly the Yoruba race. Joseph Ayo Babalola , a rare gift to the human race was the founder of the Christ Apostolic Church, popularly called Aladura in Nigeria. He was credited with great healing powers. The CAC regards Babalola as an Apostle and his revival ministry as the beginning of the church. A CAC retreat center was built where Babalola was first called in 1928. The C.A.C has not died along with him, as a matter of fact it has grown rapidly over the years, with many churches.

1.       LIFE AND TIMES OF APOSTLE AYO BABALOLA (1904-1959): Exd. 23: 25
Joseph Ayodele Babalola was born on April 25, 1904 to David Rotimi and Madam Marta Talabi who belonged to the Anglican Church. The family lived at Odo-Owa in Ilofa, a small town about 90 kilometres from Ilorin in Kwara State, Nigeria. His father was the Baba Ijo ("church father") of the C.M.S.Church at Odo-Owa.  Historians report that mysterious circumstances surrounded the birth of Babalola. On that day, it was believed that a strange and mighty object exploded and shook the clouds. On January 18, 1914, young Babalola was taken by his brother M. 0. Rotimi, a Sunday school teacher in the C.M.S. church at Ilofa, to Osogbo. Babalola started school at Ilofa and got as far as standard five at All Saints' School Osogbo. However, he quit school when he decided to learn a trade and became a motor mechanic apprentice. Again, he did not continue long in this vocation before joining the Public Works Department (PWD). He was among the road workers who constructed the road from Igbara-Oke to Ilesa, working as a steam roller driver.

Babalola's strange experience started on the night of September 25th, 1928 when he suddenly became restless and could not sleep. This went on for a week and he had no inkling of the cause of such a strange experience. The climax came one day when he was, as usual, working on the Ilesa-Igbara-Oke road. Suddenly the steam roller's engine stopped to his utter amazement. There was no visible mechanical problem, and Joseph became confused and perplexed. He was in this state of confusion when a great voice "like the sound of many waters" called him three times. The voice was loud and clear and it told him that he would die if he refused to heed the divine call to go into the world and preach. To go on the mission, he had to resign his appointment with the Public Works Department. Mr. Fergusson, the head of his unit, tried to dissuade him from resigning but the young man was bent on going on the Lord's mission. The same voice came to Joseph a second time asking him to fast for seven days. He obeyed and at the end of the period he saw a great figure of a man who, according to Pastor Alokan, resembled Jesus. A hand prayer bell was given to Babalola as a symbol. He was told that the sound of the bell would always drive away evil spirits. He was also given a bottle of "life-giving water" to heal all manners of sickness. Consequently, wherever and whenever he prayed into the water for therapeutic purposes, effective healing was procured for those who drank the water

2.       EXPLOITS OF APOSTLE AYO BABALOLA: Rom.12: 1-2
Babalola became a prophet and a man with extraordinary powers. Enabled by the power of the Holy Spirit he could spend several weeks in prayer. Ayo Babalola was sent out of the Anglican Church of his village by his Bishop because most members of the Church see visions; speak in tongues and pray vigorously. This led to his joining the Faith Tabernacle Church and was baptized in Lagos lagoon in 1930. ". The revival of his mission began with the raising of a dead child. What followed this in 3 weeks was the healing of about 100 lepers,60 blind people and 50 lame persons. This also reslted in the desolation of Churches in Ilesa because their members transferred their allegiance to the revivalist and that all the patients in Wesley Hospital, Ilesa, abandoned their beds to seek healing from Babalola.

Members of the church made fantastic claims such as: "Hopeless barren women were made fruitful; women who had been carrying their pregnancies for long years were wonderfully delivered. The dumb spoke and lunatics were cured. In fact, it was another day of Pentecost. Witches confessed and some demon possessed people were exorcized. He took his evangelical campaign to Offa, Ikare, owo, Oka, Usi, aramoko, Efon-Alaye, etc. Babalola was a spiritually gifted individual who was genuinely dissatisfied with the increasing materialistic and sinful existence into which he believed, the Yoruba in particular and Nigeria in general were being plunged as western civilization influence on society grew. The C.A.C believes that the spiritiual power bestowed on Babalola placed him on an equal level with Biblical apostles like Peter, Paul and others who were sent out with the authority and in the name of Jesus. Joseph Ayo Babalola slept in the Lord in 1959.

CONCLUSION: God is still beckoning. He is looking  for a wiling soul to pour His Spirit upon. Would you be available for His use?

THOMAS BIRCH FREEMAN

1st Sept. 2010

Thomas Birch Freeman was a Methodist missionary and colonial official in West Africa who worked as gardener & botanist for Sir Robert Harland at Orwell Park near Ipswich until dismissed for abandoning Anglicanism for Wesleyan Methodism. He was sent by God to West Africa, founding Methodist churches in the Gold Coast (Ghana) and Nigeria. After resigning as a missionary in 1857, he was employed by the colonial government as civil commandant of Accra district from 1857 to 1873. What a great missionary to learn from. 

1.      THE LIFE & TIMES OF THOMAS B.FREEMAN: Rom. 8: 19
Thomas Birch Freeman was a missionary of Anglo-African descent born in 1809 in Twyford, near Winchester, Hampshire, England. His father was an African freeman called Thomas, and his mother was Amy Birch, an Englishwoman who had had 3 children by her first husband, John Birch. Thomas’ father died when he was 6, and he lived with his mother in Twyford, where he must have had a reasonably good education, although there is no record of the schools he attended. He was introduced to Methodism as a boy by a shoemaker on whom he and his playmates used to play tricks. His enthusiasm for Methodism displeased his employer, Sir Robert Harland, who told him to choose between his job and the new religion. The Methodist Mission Society in England had just made an appeal for missionaries in Africa, and Thomas felt he had been called by God to go there. He left his job, and, after he had preached a good sermon at a Methodist conference in Leeds, England, in October 1837, was appointed as minister, on a trial basis, at Cape Coast. He had been ordained in Islington Chapel, London, on October 10, 1837. A few days later he married Elizabeth Boot, Sir Robert and Lady Harland's housekeeper & sailed with her for Cape Coast on November 5, arriving on January 3, 1838. But Thomas fell ill and had to be nursed by his wife, who then died suddenly. Thomas recovered from his illness and from the blow of his wife's death, and started work. 16 years later (in 1854), Freeman again visited Dahomey and Abeokuta, & on his return home married an educated African woman who bore him 4 children. His wife helped him with his work, and he enlarged the Cape Coast church in 1855, and built 6 new churches in his district in 1856.

2.   THE EXPLOITS BY THOMAS B.FREEMAN- Exd. 23: 25
Thomas made friends with Captain George Maclean. British governor from 1830-43, who gave him encouragement. He also took advice from those who knew the country. He built the first Methodist Church at Cape Coast, opened on June 10, 1838. He trained two Fante youths, William de Graft and John Martin, for what was called the "native" ministry, since he himself was regarded as an Englishman. He made friends with several chiefs."

Freeman was the first Methodist missionary to arrive at Badagry in Nigeria on September 24, 1842, accompanied by William de Graft and his wife. They were permitted to establish a mission there, and had completed a mission house and chapel by the end of November, and William de Graft was put in charge. Freeman and the de Grafts left for Abeokuta at the written invitation of the Alake (ruler), Shodeke. They were well received and preached in the palace courtyard. Freeman presented a Bible to the Alake. Between 1843 & 1854 Freeman tried to extend the work of both the mission in Ghana & that of Nigeria, thereby spent enormous sums on traveling and other items. He did not keep proper accounts, and ran a heavy deficit. A committee was set up by the Missionary body to examine and report on his financial administration. The report was adverse, and as a result Freeman wrote to the committee in England to ask to be relieved of his post as chairman and general superintendent of the mission. He left without bitterness, and promised to work for the mission in any capacity. But he had incurred a debt as a result of financial maladministration, and had to pay it. After his resignation, he therefore accepted the post of administrative and civil commandant of the Accra district between 1857 & 1858. On September 1, 1873 he returned to the service of the Methodist Mission, and worked for another 13 years before retiring. He supervised the building of churches, held religious revival camp meetings, and made the church very popular in Fanteland. Among other things, he had to face opposition from a Muslim sect which came to the Fante area from Lagos, but neutralized its influence by opening a school in the area. He also opened a new chapel at Mankesim, and baptized several converts with the aid of his son, Thomas Birch Freeman Jr., who had also been ordained a Methodist minister.  After being the principle preacher at the Jubilee of the Gold Coast Methodist Mission, held in 1885, he retired, living in a small house near Accra until his 81 year. His final days were spent in the Methodist Mission House in Accra, when he died on August 12, 1890.

CONCLUSION:         Kindly join me to say, ‘here am I wholly available for your use, o Lord’.

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MARTIN LUTHER

  8th Sept. 2010

Martin Luther (10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation. Strongly disputing the claim that freedom from God's punishment of sin could be purchased with money, he confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his 95 Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor (outlaw= a notorious criminal, especially one on the run, or someone, often a criminal, who has been officially deprived of legal rights and so is not protected by the law). Luther taught that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God's grace through faith in Jesus as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority of the pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge and opposed sacerdotalism (the belief that a priest is able to mediate between God and human beings) by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with Luther's teachings are called Lutherans.

1.       LIFE AND TIMES OF MARTIN LUTHER:
Martin Luther was born to Hans Luder (later Luther) and his wife Margarethe (née Lindemann) in Eisleben, Germany, then part of the Holy Roman Empire. He was baptized as a Catholic the next morning. His family moved to Mansfeld in 1484, where his father was a leaseholder of copper mines and smelters and served as one of 4 citizen representatives on the local council. His mother was a hard-working woman of "trading-class stock and middling (medium, moderate, or average) means" though Luther's enemies wrongly described her as a whore and bath attendant. He had several brothers and sisters, and is known to have been close to one of them, Jacob. Hans Luther was ambitious for himself and his family, and he was determined to see Martin, his eldest son, become a lawyer. He sent Martin to Latin schools in Mansfeld, then Magdeburg in 1497, where he attended a school operated by a lay group called the Brethren of the Common Life, and Eisenach in 1498. In 1501, at the age of 19, he entered the University of Erfurt-which he later described as a beerhouse and whorehouse. He received his master's degree in 1505. Martin Luther at 41 married Katharina von Bora (26 at that time), one of 12 nuns (a member of a religious community of women who dedicate their lives to religious devotion and undertake not to marry) he had helped escape from the Nimbschen Cistercian convent in April 1523, when he arranged for them to be smuggled out in herring barrels. "Suddenly, and while I was occupied with far different thoughts," he wrote to Wenceslaus Link, "the Lord has plunged me into marriage."

Between bearing six children, Hans - June 1526, Elizabeth - 10 December 1527 died within a few months, Magdalene - 1529 died in Luthers arms in 1542, Martin - 1531, Paul - January 1533, and Margaret - 1534, Katharina helped earn the couple a living by farming the land and taking in boarders. Luther confided to Michael Stiefel on 11 August 1526: "My Katie is in all things so obliging and pleasing to me that I would not exchange my poverty for the riches of Croesus (a very wealthy man)"

2.       THE EXPLOITS OF MARTIN LUTHER:
Martin Luther stands as a hero, though born into a world dominated by the Catholic Church, which holds spiritual dominion over all the nations of Europe; he made uncommon impact. His translation of the Bible into German made it more accessible, causing a tremendous impact on the church and on German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation and influenced the translation into English of the King James Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in churches. His marriage set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant priests to marry. Roman Catholic theology stated that faith alone cannot justify man; and that only such faith as is active in charity and good works can justify man. They further affirm that benefits of good works could be obtained by donating money to the church. This is the doctrine on sale of indulgence. Luther wrote to the authorities of the Church to protest the sale of indulgences. Luther objected to a saying attributed to Johann Tetzel that "As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory [also attested as 'into heaven'] springs." He insisted that, since forgiveness was God's alone to grant, those who claimed that indulgences absolved buyers from all punishments and granted them salvation were in error.

CONCLUSION: What impact have I made on people around me that could affect their eternal state?

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PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE

15th Sept. 2010

Pastor E.A Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), has his name listed among 49 others as the top 50 Global Elites by Newsweek magazine. His name is the only African mentioned, and together with Pope Benedict XVI, is one of two Christian leaders listed among the world most powerful people. Born on March 2nd 1942 in a village of Ifewara in Osun State, Daddy G.O. as is fondly called had serious struggles of his early life with the monster called poverty.  Through the help of God coupled with dogged determination, discipline and hard work, he chose to be educated under very difficult circumstances and moved forward to bag himself a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Lagos hitting a successful career in the academic world. Later in life by Divine Providence, Enoch Adeboye became the General Overseer of the RCCG. Under his leadership, the church has experienced phenomenal growth from 40 small parishes which were located only in the south-western Nigeria to well over 20,000 parishes in 110 nations. Pastor Adeboye is also the host of the annual Holy Ghost Congress which attracts over 7 million worshippers from all the continents of the world and has reputed as the largest gathering of human beings in history. What an outstanding figure this man of God is!

1. LIFE AND TIMES OF PASTOR E.A. ADEBOYE:
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye was a mathematics lecturer, and worked at the Universities of Lagos and Ilorin as lecturer. Married to Pastor Foluke Adeboye-nee Osundahunsi (mummy GO), the marriage is blessed with 4 children. He experienced untold hardship as a boy from the cruel hand of poverty & for the first 17years of his life, he never wore shoes nor a pair of trousers as there was no money to buy it. Hear him:’ When I was very young – in 1950, two lorries came into my village – an Austin and a Bedford. Those days, very few people could afford to put on shoes.  They included the traditional head, the village headmaster and the catechist. One day, the Anglican bishop came on a visit. All the little children including myself, lined up on the way as the hunters fired gun shots to welcome him. He came in a shiny car, and was well dressed. When I saw his shoes, my mouth opened wide in surprises. On getting home that day, I told my mother I was going to be a Bishop. As the years rolled by, I forgot that dream. in 1981, when I become General Overseer of the RCCG, I want to visit our church in my village. I went in a brand new car, my shoes were glittering. The school children lined up the way and the hunters fired their guns to welcome me. Then I realized I had just filled my childhood dream.’ Pastor Adeboye was an ‘A’ student throughout his academic life. He became born-again at RCCG on July 29th 1973 & was baptized by immersion in September 1973. As a worker in the church, he laboured to preach the Gospel of Christ through his word and deeds. He also conducted lunch hour fellowship at the University community. He was ordained a pastor of the church on September 14, 1975 alongside four others.

2. EXPLOITS OF PASTOR ADEBOYE: Rom.12: 1-2
After he joined The Redeemed Christian Church Of God he began working to translate the sermons of its then Pastor and founder, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, from Yoruba into English. In 1981 Pastor Adeboye became the General Overseer of RCCG making him leader of the Church after the death of Papa Akindayomi who died the previous year. Amidst controversy, Pastor Adeboye's appointment was formalized by the reading of Pa Akindayomi's sealed pronouncement after his burial. For 3 years he filled the role part-time, still lecturing at Ilorin, until giving up his university position to preach full-time. The Church, which was not well known before Adeboye took charge, now claims branches in over 100 countries, including more than 14,000 in Nigeria. Since 1981, an open explosion began with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds.  One of the well-known programs of the church is the Holy Ghost Service, an all-night miracle service that holds on the first Friday of every month at the Redemption Camp at KM. 46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The Holy Ghost Service also holds in London twice a year and in other parts of the world. Another major service is the Holy Ghost Congress which holds in the second week of December every year at the Redemption Camp. In spite of a gargantuan congregation-about five million members in Nigeria alone- Pastor Adeboye nurses a big plan to save more souls. His goal is to “plant” churches everywhere. “In the developing world” Pastor Adeboye states, “we say we want churches to be within five minutes’ walk of every person. In the developed world, we say five minutes of driving.”. One thing Pastor Adeboye understands is that there is nothing like a free lunch. There is always a price tag. So, whatever he desires – miracles for his congregation, financial breakthrough for projects or whatever, he is committed enough to pay the necessary price to make it happen. Kudos man of God. Ride on in your service to God sir.

CONCLUSION: Use me Lord. I have no excuse to give for spiritual idleness and barrenness!

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MARY SLESSOR

22nd Sept. 2010

In the 18th century, life meant little along the Calabars. Slavery is common and to kill a woman or a slave means nothing. If a family has too many children, they will just leave the unwanted child in the bushes to die. The birth of twins is thought to be an evil sign. Twin babies are cruelly murdered, and their mother is driven from her home to die in the jungle. There was no respect for truth and honesty here. The law of the jungle is "do whatever you can get away with." For this reason, people live their short lives in fear and filth. Mary Slessor came from Scotland to serve God in this harsh climate. Mary Slessor was 29 years old when she came to Africa. Despite her poor upbringing, she served God faithfully in Scotland, and the hardships have helped prepare her to serve God in Africa. The stopping of the killing of twins was majorly attributed to her. Her life portrays that God can use anyone not minding the gender, education, age or financial status.

1. LIFE AND TIMES OF MARY SLESSOR:
Mary Slessor (2 December 1848 - 13 January 1915) was a Scottish missionary to Nigeria. Her determined work and strong personality allowed her to be trusted and accepted by the locals, spreading Christianity and promoting women's rights. Mary was born in Aberdeen and moved to Dundee at the age of 11 when her family was looking for work. Her father was an alcoholic who had to stop his work as a shoemaker and eventually became a mill labourer and then survived a heart attack. Mary's mother ensured that she attended church and made her a half time worker at a jute mill, working for half the day and attending the mill school for the other half. She developed a strong interest in religion and joined a local mission teaching the poor. One famous story from this time is that of the Red Headed Lady: Mary dared a gang of boys that she would not flinch as they swung a metal weight closer and closer to her face; she successfully stayed still, and the boys had to attend her Sunday school as forfeit. Mary also noticed the boys coming back every Sunday; one of the boys became a Christian. Two years later Mary was on a boat to Africa.

2.. EXPLOITS OF MARY SLESSOR:
Mary went to live among the Efik people in Calabar in Nigeria. There she successfully fought against the killing of twins at infancy and the eating of humans. Mary Slessor is commemorated today on banknotes issued in Scotland by the Clydesdale Bank; her portrait appears on the obverse of the £10 note, replacing David Livingstone, whose image featured on the notes prior to 1998. Her days were full of treating sick, teaching the Bible, and visiting neighbors. Mary became known throughout the area for her wise, fair counsel. Mary's reputation as a great and wise woman and as a fair and honest judge had gone before her into the land of the Azo, a dreaded cannibal tribe. At first the Azo people seemed to show little interest in her message, but soon many accepted Christ. Mary reported that there was one town that had 200 converts. None of them could read, so she pleaded for pastors to come to instruct the new Christians. In the time she had left, Mary did all she could. She walked the paths until she was too old and feeble. Some Scottish friends sent her a cart that could be used to pull her to the villages. They urged Mary to come to Scotland for a rest. She wanted to, but prayed instead that God would give her the strength to finish the job among the cannibals. Strength came and she worked faster and harder. In January 1915, the Lord took Mary home to be with Him. A government boat was then sent to carry her body down the river to Duke Town. She was given a state burial & buried on a hillside by the mission station where she had first served. The 39 years Mary spent with the people of different regions of Calabar were filled with excitement, disappointment, horror, and joy. Even though she was only 5 feet tall, she stood up to many warriors, chiefs, witch doctors, and murderers. Her adventures varied from healing hundreds of people (including chiefs), rescuing prisoners and/or slaves and wives from being murdered, saving and caring for countless children and babies, witnessing to the most frightening tribes, settling many disputes among tribes and neighbors, assisting chiefs in decisions for their tribe, and sometimes just looking a tribal person in the face and telling them about the love of God. Mary Slessor died, at age 67, January 13th, 1915, of a jungle disease. Her daughter Janie (adopted twin) and all her other “children” were there to comfort her. The group which gathers on that cemetery is a testimony to the life Mary Slessor lived. There are high government officials who found they could trust this woman's advice. A dignified tribal chief, once a cannibal, stands there. He found the "white Ma" a faithful friend. There is a young man whom Mary nursed through a fever. Twins are there who would have been murdered at birth had she not come. As they look up from her grave to the land around them, they see a country that Mary Slessor claimed for Christ while standing on the deck of a rusty ocean steamer almost forty years before.

CONCLUSION: What do you wish to be remembered for?
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PASTOR W.F.KUMUYI

  6th Oct. 2010

Williams Folorunso Kumuyi is the founder & General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church with headquarters in Gbagada. He carries a tremendous weight in pasturing the Gbagada church alone, quite apart from the (now thousands) of other congregations across Nigeria and the rest of the world. He is a remarkable leader, one of God's people for this generation. Kumuyi has received a great deal from God, but he is adept at passing along what he receives. In 1973, while serving as Mathematics Lecturer at The University of Lagos, W.F. Kumuyi started a Bible study group with 15 university students who had come to him requesting training in the Scriptures. By the early 1980’s that small group had grown to several thousands, at which time Deeper Life Bible Church was formally established. “The history of Deeper Life is very much the personal story of W.F. Kumuyi. He is a gifted man, clear-thinking and humble. He is a dedicated Christian and deserves the title ‘the man of God,' which his followers have given him. Since he was a young man, Kumuyi has devoted his time to reading and studying the Bible. He knows the Scriptures inside out. When he preaches, his message is clear, simple, and profound. Poor street traders who can barely read, sit next to university professors, all equally captivated by the way Scripture becomes suddenly relevant to them.

1.      LIFE & TIMES OF PASTOR KUMUYI: Rom.12: 1
W.F. Kumuyi was born in 1941 into an Anglican home. It was a very strict Christian home, he told Isaacson, "We would get up in the morning, read the Bible, sing hymns, and go to church regularly. When I went to secondary school I lost interest in the church because our principal taught us atheism. But after a while I thought again and started going to various churches in town. Eventually, in 1963, a group of singers and preachers from a Gospel church got permission to come to the school. I understood the Gospel message, and was born again on April 5th, 1964. I read John Wesley, Charles Finney, Spurgeon, and lots of other books. I got involved with the Scripture Union, and I grew." He gained a 1st class degree in Mathematics at the University of Ibadan; then went back to Mayflower School to teach. After five years he went to the University of Lagos to do a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and became a lecturer there in 1973; and that was when he started a small Deeper Life Bible Study group. Married to late Sis. ’Biodun Kumuyi, the union is blessed with two sons (Jerry & John). Pastor  Kumuyi is not tall, and does not have a larger-than-life character. He does not dominate, nor has he accrued power to himself. He walks slowly, is relaxed, and has a gentle sense of humour with a warm smile and a twinkle in his eyes. He dresses simply, eats simply... and... could have assumed titles to himself.

2.                  EXPLOITS OF PASTOR KUMUYI:
In Pastor Kumuyi's own words: "God, in the growth of Deeper Life Bible Church (DLBC), has strategically and prudently used miracles to ‘make all men come to Him' (John 3:26). We take Christian living and holiness seriously." The DLBC established like a child’s play in the early 1980s had today filled the earth. By 1988 the congregation had grown to 50,000, and now numbers 120,000 members, making it the third largest Christian church in the world.  Currently, the Deeper Life Bible Church not only has an attendance of 120,000 every Sunday, but has planted 500 churches in Lagos, 5,000 in the rest of Nigeria (with an independent estimate of more than 800,000 members in Nigeria alone), and 3,000 elsewhere (with missionaries to 40 countries of Africa) as the movement missionary contribution. The Deeper Life Christian Ministry has a number of ministries, viz: Women, Youth, Children, Campus, Life tapes, Life press, Life transmission, etc. Currently, the headquarters church in Gbagada-Lagos is undergoing a face lift with an uncommon edifice to befit the success of that Church. The story is the same for the International Bible Training Institute, Ayobo, the DLBC Leadership Institute where massive construction is on going. The Ministry has also commenced the development of her new camp site along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

CONCLUSION: God is much more willing to pour His mind into his children. Are we ready to be used for this generation?
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ARCHBISHOP BENSON IDAHOSA

13th Oct. 2010

Benson Andrew Idahosa (September 11, 1938 - March 12, 1998) affectionately called PAPA or BA by his followers, was a Charismatic Pentecostal preacher, and founder of the Church of God Mission International with headquarters in Benin City, Nigeria  As the first Pentecostal Archbishop in Nigeria, he was renowned for his robust faith. He was a unique evangelist in all of Africa who reached millions of people in crusades, in his weekly nationwide telecast, in his Bible School, training eager students from several nations. He also conducted campaigns in Sweden, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Australia and the United States, where he often appeared on national religious telecasts. His burden for souls, his ministry of healing and miracles, even to the raising of several dead, demonstrates he was especially called of the Lord.

1. LIFE & TIMES OF ARCHBISHOP BENSON IDAHOSA: Act.1: 1-4
Benson Idahosa was born in Benin City on September 11, 1938 to non-Christian parents in a predominantly non-Christian community; he was rejected by his father, John, for being frail and sickly. He constantly had fainting spells as a child, and on one of his spells at age 18months, his mother, Sarah, abandoned him at a rubbish heap presuming him dead. Hours later, he came to, and began wailing and was rescued by his mother. He grew up in a poor household. Like most of the surrounding houses, his family home was a mud house. This reality denied him access to education until he was fourteen years old, when he was able to attend a local government school. He later took correspondence courses from Britain and the United States while working in Bata Shoe Company. Idahosa earned a diploma in divinity from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas, which he attended in 1971, a Doctorate of Divinity in 1981 from the Word of Faith College, New Orleans and a Doctor of Laws degree from Oral Roberts University in March 1984. He also received other degrees from the International University in Brussels, Belgium. Archbishop Benson Idahosa and his wife Margaret Idahosa were blessed with four children.

2.                   EXPOLITS OF BENSON IDAHOSA: Heb.11;33ff
His conversion was dramatic and his calling supernatural. He was converted by Pastor Okpo on a football field one Sunday afternoon while playing soccer with his teammates. As a young convert he became very zealous in winning souls and in conducting outreaches in villages around Benin City. He was called to the ministry in a night vision from the Lord. I have called you that you might take the gospel around the world in my name, preach the gospel, and I will confirm my word with signs following," said the voice from heaven. The room was filled with the presence of God as Benson fell to his knees beside the bed: "Lord, wherever you want me to go, I will go." After his call, Benson launched into ministry work preaching from village to village the gospel of Jesus Christ with great power and anointing. More people confessed Christ as their Saviour, and more healings occurred as he prayed for the sick.

Benson Idahosa, the archbishop and founder of Church of God Mission International Incorporated with its headquarters in Benin City, Nigeria established over 6,000 churches throughout Nigeria and Ghana before 1971. Many of the ministers he supervised pastored churches of 1,000 to 4,000 people. In addition to filling the position of archbishop of Church of God Mission, he was also president of All Nations for Christ Bible Institute, president of Idahosa World Outreach and president of Faith Medical Centre. He held positions in numerous organizations including the college of bishops of the international communion of Christian churches and the Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.

Soul winning was Idahosa's primary concern. With a motto "Evangelism our Supreme Task," he worked towards this goal of reaching the unreached in Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. As a black African, he found the doors of African countries were wide open and he ministered in over 123 countries all over the world. Crusades played a major role in his ministry. He was involved in at least one crusade per month. A record crowd of nearly one million people a night attended his Lagos Crusade in April 1985. He established the Redemption Television Ministry with a potential viewing audience of 50 million people.  He spent quality time in prayer and in the study of the God's Word. He said that if someone spends time studying the Bible and acting on it, people will come looking for that person for life solutions. Idahosa also spent time studying the works and lives of other successful people both in the gospel ministry and other fields of human endeavors and he applied the principles he learned about these successful people to his life and ministry. He was very energetic and hardworking. Archbishop Benson Idahosa was said to be the leader of over seven million Jesus people worldwide before he went to be with the Lord in February 1998.

CONCLUSION: What a great man! Help me Lord, to give my full life to you.
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APOSTLE T.O. OBADARE

20th Oct. 2010

The name Apostle Timothy Obadare is a household name in the revival movement of Western Nigeria as far back as 30 years ago. The man of God had influenced numerous persons to the Lord and had caused special spiritual wave in Christianity especially among the Yoruba people through the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC).  A World acclaimed Evangelist, Apostle T.O. Obadare is a Tele-Evangelist and crowd puller. Though very old now, the prophet is still active in the things of God which stand as a serious challenge to those of us upon whom the end of the world comes.

1.        LIFE & TIMES OF APOSTLE T.O.OBADARE:
Born in Osun state of Nigeria more than 80 years ago, Apostle Obadare is a Teacher, Pastor, Evangelist and prophet whose ministry is characterized by signs and wonders. Though with sight challenge, Apostle Obadare, can read the Bible which in itself is a miracle that none can explain. A beneficiary of many Honoris Causae, the Tele Evangelist has a doctorate (Doctor of Ministry) degree from St. John's University, Missouri (1985). Also conferred upon him is the membership of the International Affairs Leadership Parliament (MIALP) of the Golden State University of L.A., the International Theological Seminary of Desoto. His marriage is blessed with wonderful children who are pastors of high class in their various calling. The Trinity College of Ministerial Arts, Abia State of Nigeria, also conferred on him an Honorary Doctor of divinity Degree in 1990. Prophet Dr, Obadare is now the second Apostle for the mission of Christ Apostolic Church worldwide, membership of about 2.5million all over the world. He is the General Evangelist for the same organization, due to his ministerial gift as an evangelist.

2.      EXPLOITS OF APOSTLE T.O.OBADARE:
Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, Apostle (Dr.) T. O. Obadare, who has been in ministry for 59 years, founded The World Soul Winning Evangelistic Ministry (WOSEM) in 1974. He is the Apostle and General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church WOSEM worldwide. WOSEM is the evangelical arm of Christ Apostolic Church with its headquarters in Akure, Ondo State of Nigeria. WOSEM is a Bible believing and Bible teaching ministry that is dedicated to winning souls for the Lord and is committed in various charitable programs He is a divine microphone of the Lord Jesus Christ; and ambassador of the Almighty God. He like Paul, the spiritually witty apostle, has said it both in the secret and public that it is imperative-indeed a must-for him to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Consequently he hardly sleeps day or night; he does the preaching in season and out of season. This end-time evangelist’s thrust is ministered and propagated not only inside churches or other places of worship, but also at public rallies, crusades, parks and camp meetings. The print and electronic media are also being used as means of this salvation-oriented gospel outreaches with many organizations and religious groups sponsoring TV crusades and revivals. God has moved mightily with His power of miracles, signs, and wonders in Apostle Obadare’s crusades. Under prophetic anointing, thousands of people have been saved, hundreds of blind have regained their sights, – a man who had been blind for six years began to see; many barren women have received their children; a woman with 14 years issue if blood was healed; People have been healed from insanity, rheumatic pains, demonic attacks of all kinds, typhoid fever, etc.

With a passion for soul-winning and evangelistic outreach, Apostle T.O. Obadare has traveled around the world as guest speakers in revival meetings and crusades and has been a special guest on Radio and TV stations at home and abroad, exhibiting a real and visible burden “to reach the world, be instant in season, out of season, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and doctrine.”2 Tim. 4:2. Prophet Obadare’s longing to share the love of Christ and the power of His gospel with troubled souls from varying backgrounds and cultural entities is similar to Paul’s burden as he wrote to the Romans, “I long to see you ……… I am debtor to preach to you that are at Rome also.” Rom. 1:12-15.  As old as he is, he has recently launched into various African countries with crusades. Apart from Nigeria, his home base, he has started to conduct revival meetings at Ghana, Togo, Liberia, Republic of Benin, Ivory Coast, etc. This man of God is a goal-getter. His life is a challenge to all people. 

CONCLUSION:                     Do your best to serve your God in your generation. Distinguish yourself by your input. 
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