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Nigeria Secret Police Release US-Based Medical Practitioner & Lawyer Detained Over “Online Activism”.


 

Emmanuel Fashakin
By SaharaReporters, New York

Nigeria’s secret police today arrested and later released a United States based medical practitioner, Emmanuel Fashakin on arrival at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport.

Dr. Fashakin is an older brother of Rotimi Fashakin, former spokesman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) arrived on Arik airline flight into Lagos only to be detained by the SSS.

The doctor, who is also a lawyer, is well known on Nigerian listservs for his comments on the state of affairs in Nigeria.

His lawyer, Bamidele Aturu confirmed the arrest and subsequent release an hour ago to Saharareporters, stating that he was held for several hours in the custody of the SSS both at the airport and its Kingsway road offices in Ikoyi Lagos.

The arrest of Dr. Fashakin offers evidence that the Goodluck Jonathan government is opening a new front not in the war against Nigeria’s problems of which it has become a part, but on critics of bad governance.

In his letter to the Director General of the SSS, which was copied to the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Aturu called for his client to be released immediately.

He pointed out that it is indefensible to subject a person who had been on an eleven hour non-stop flight to the physical and psychological stress of detention which cause is not divulged for hours.

The lawyer also stressed that the detention constitutes an unwarranted violation of the right of Dr. Fashakin to respect for the dignity of his person and not to be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment as guaranteed by section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 as amended, Articles 4 and 5 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and all other International Human Rights Instruments.

“Since no reason has been advanced for the detention of our client, we want to believe that it has nothing to do with his well-known expression on the internet of opinions about how to advance democracy in Nigeria and ensure that our people are rescued from the abyss of inexplicable poverty occasioned by greed and graft,” he said.  “Whatever may be the case, we would like to make it clear the arrest and detention of our client is unacceptable and that we shall implacably seek all possible and known legal remedies on his behalf.”

Demanding that Dr. Fashakin be released within 24 hours, Mr. Aturu said he would otherwise be compelled to take all lawful and necessary steps to ensure that the rights of his client are protected, including going to court.

It would be recalled that only last week, President Jonathan threatened to sue SaharaReporters for libel for reporting on the seedy and corrupt tendencies of his government.

“As unregulated as they are, SaharaReporters and their ilk are not beyond the bounds of legal action for libel and willful defamation of the character and reputation of a President who has courageously stepped forward to serve his country,” presidential spokesman Reuben Abati said.

Nigerians believe Mr. Jonathan’s government to be the most corrupt and hypocritical in the country’s history, and even his former Internet fans who supported him in the 2011 elections continue to say so in various fora.

BOMBSHELL! Obama Has Created An Iran-US Chamber Of Commerce Partnership.


US president Barack Hussein Obama has picked a winner in the Middle East, and it’s not Israel. In an unprecedented move, Obama is restoring all trade, diplomatic and commercial travel ties with the terror-sponsor nation of Iran.

Chance of Iran getting a working nuclear bomb in 6, 3, 2 months: 100%

Please READ THIS STORY to understand Obama’s debt to the nation of Iran, and why he has chosen them over Israel: Proof That Muslim Millions Purchased The Obama Presidency Starting Way Back In 1979

Yahoo News: Tehran (AFP) – Iran and the United States are to establish a joint chamber of commerce within a month, with direct flights also planned, an Iranian official said Wednesday in a newspaper report.

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“Iran-US chamber of commerce will be launched in less than one month,” Abolfazl Hejazi, a member of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, told the English-language Iran Daily.

In the wake of a historic accord on Sunday between Tehran and major powers on Iran’s controversial nuclear programme, Hejazi also said his country was ready to start direct flights to the United States.

After the 1979 revolution in Iran, Washington severed diplomatic relations with Tehran following the seizure of its embassy in Tehran, during which Islamist students held 52 US diplomats hostage for 444 days.

According to Hejazi, the project which he said had already been registered in the United States would allow the two countries to work towards restoring ties.

Hejazi also said the government has authorised the private sector to launch joint activities and that Iran was ready to establish direct flights to the United States.

Flights would connect Kish Island in southwest Iran with New York, he said.

“This is because Kish Island is a free trade zone and Iranian passengers who have US citizenship will not need to obtain visas to enter it,” he said.

Hejazi said direct flights would “enable us to export domestic products to the US and import high-tech products and raw materials from the country.”

On the sidelines of his visit to the UN General Assembly in late September, President Hassan Rouhani pledged to ease travel to Iran for the hundreds of thousands of Iranians living in the United States. source – Yahoo News

by NTEB News Desk

Disgusting ‘Black Friday’ Events Reveal A Dark And Evil Spirit Over America.


“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Matthew 24:12

Forget the fact that Christmas in America is no longer, and hasn’t been for quite some time, about the birth of Jesus but instead become a selfish and self-centered day of acquisitions. Events that took place in malls all over the country today reveal something that goes deeper than that. A pall has been cast over our nation, a dark and sinister chill that manifests itself in how we treat each ourselves and each other.

We have become cold and brutish as we trample each other to buy yet another luxury item we in no way need. We have become a spoiled, functionally God-less society willing to beat each other to death if someone stands in our way. We have no shame, no remorse, and no love for our fellow man.

How you can participate in this unholy mess and call yourself a Christian is beyond my comprehension. A lost and dying world is going to Hell and your only thought is to grab as much as you can as fast as you can. Jesus wept, do you?

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Trampled For A $49 Tablet: Police in Utah say at least two people were knocked to the ground by a crowd of Wal-Mart shoppers jockeying for a $49 tablet computer. Lt. Dave Valentine tells The Salt Lake Tribune store employees brought out a pallet of items wrapped in cellophane, and about 200 people rushed forward to grab the items as the workers cut the wrapper. That’s when Valentine says shoppers knocked a woman over and stepped on her. Witness Brian Wilks tells the Standard-Examiner officers rushed over to help and control the crowd. source – CBS News

Man Shot For Flatscreen TV: According to police, a man purchased a big-screen television from the Target store near Flamingo Rd. and Maryland Pkwy. While he was trying to unload the TV from his car at a nearby apartment complex, a man approached and fired a warning shot, causing the victim to drop the television, police said. Officers tell 8 News NOW the gunman then took the television to a nearby car that was waiting, where a second man helped the gunman load the TV into the car. source – CBS News

Mall Shoppers Use Stun Gun On Each Other: One woman apparently used a stun gun on another after an all-out brawl inside of the Franklin Mills Mall in Northeast Philadelphia. ”It started out, one couple was fighting with another couple. They had words, the guys got into a fight and then the girls,” said Napolitano, who videotaped the melee. “One couple, they were like a family  and all, with a young child in a stroller.” The video shows the two women punching each other and someone in the crowd yelling, “No, stop.” After the two hit the ground, fighting, you can hear the crackle of what sounds like a stun gun and see fluorescent-colored sparks. ”One girl just brought out a taser,” the 20-year-old said. source – NBC

Salvation Army Kettle Stolen: Authorities say bell ringer James Griffin III was helping a grandmother and her four grandchildren get through the double doors of the Belk store at Hanes Mall where he was stationed. When Griffin returned to his post, the kettle and the $50 in it were gone. source – Fox News

by NTEB News Desk

Wrapping November With Deep Sense Of Gratitude To Our Heavenly Father.


O Lord, I join my brothers and sisters in one accord and we confess that our hearts are filled with deep sense of undiluted reverence to Your Name and to Your throne for all that You Alone has done for us throughout the Month of Novemeber, we praise You as we worship in Jesus Name. Amen, Amen and Amen.

O Lord, we pour our hearts to You in praises, worship, exaltation and adoration to Your Holy Name for honouring us with the gift of life and the gift of good health throughout the month, we say indeed we have tasted and we have seen that You are a Loving, Kind and Caring God, we thank You in Jesus Name. Amen, Amen and Amen.

Great Provider, we praise You for disconnecting us from every forms of lacks throughout the month and we magnify You for connecting us with the heavenly outpouring unstoppable abundance throughout the month, we bless You for all the blessings, favours, empowerments, flourishing, fruitfulness and as many other that You have done, we glorify You as we pray in Jesus Name. Amen, Amen and Amen.

Great Healer, we adore You for breaking every forms of sickness out of our folds, we exalt You for every healing that You gave unto us throughout this month and we pray that our healings shall continue to be permanent even as we cover them in the Precious Blood of Jesus and we worship You for every freedom You gave us from the works of the enemies and even from self-imprisonment throughout this month, receive all glory, honour and adoration, as we pray in Jesus Name. Amen, Amen and Amen.

God Of Victory, Lord we humble ourselves before You as we lift Your Name above every other names for every deliverance You gave unto us throughout this month both spiritually and physically, indeed their is no one to compare to You, Our God and we are marvelled by every victories that You gave unto us, throughout this month, in the north, south, east, west, beneath the earth, above the earth, in the sea, in the air, spiritually and physically, we cover each and very of our victories in Jesus Name. Amen and the devil  and his agents will continue to be defeated under our feets to the glory of our heavenly Father, we ask this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen and Amen.

The blessing of silence….


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
-Psalm 19:14

Zachariah and his wife Elizabeth, who were by this time in their older years, did not have any children. This meant they didn’t have an heir to carry on their stories or lineage. So, Zachariah was heavy laden because he really wanted a son.

As a priest, he went about doing his duties in the temple. Every morning, the greatest responsibility was to burn the incense. However, with twenty thousand priests in the temple, each day they cast lots for the job. Most priests never got the honor of burning incense in the holy place.

One day, Zachariah’s lot is picked; he’s chosen to burn the incense! So, the older priest enters behind the curtain where the holy of holies is kept. Outside, tens of thousands of people are drumming, singing, praying for him. Then, the angel Gabriel appears in glory, saying to Zachariah that he’s going to have a son who will be the new Elijah, called John the Baptist, empowered to change the world by preparing all for the coming Messiah. It’s an amazing, spiritual, religious experience.

Zachariah has every reason to believe that this blessing is true. How could he not with a shining angel in the holy of holies proclaiming a wonderful prophesy over a son not yet born? Nevertheless, Zachariah stands back and says, “How can I know this is going to be true? I’m very old and my wife is very old.” Despite the incredible signs and wonders, he doubts. And what does the angel do? The angel Gabriel does him a tremendous favor. He causes Zachariah to be silent so he can’t speak doubt anymore. He can’t shoot his blessing down. He has to just sit back and watch God‘s blessing go to work.

Remember, there’s power in our every word.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I know I have pushed away many blessings you have had for me by responding negatively, with doubt, with mistrust, with negative words. I will endeavor to be more positive and open to your every blessing. Amen.

Reflection: When have you waylaid a blessing through a negative attitude or words of doubt?

The Light of His Glory.


One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple.
Psalm 27:4

Recommended Reading
Psalm 73:16-17, 23-28 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2073:16-17,%2023-28&version=NKJV )

At a meeting of the Socratic Club in Oxford, England, in 1945, the Christian apologist C. S. Lewis said, “I believe that the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.” In his biography of C. S. Lewis, Alister McGrath explains what Lewis meant: “We can look at the sun itself; or we can look instead at what it illuminates — thus enlarging our intellectual, moral, and aesthetic vision. We see the true, the good, and the beautiful more clearly by being given a lens that brings them into focus.”1

Listen to Today’s Radio Message ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx?tid=email_listenedevo )

The psalmist Asaph had a similar enlightening experience. He was confused and frustrated about the prosperity of evildoers in the world — “Until I went into the sanctuary of God;  then  I understood their end” (Psalm 73:17). When he went to the temple to worship God, suddenly he saw the answer — the answer was God! Somehow, when we “worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalm 29:2), life looks different.

We worship God not only because He is God but because we see everything else more clearly in the light of His glory.

In the light of God, human vision clears.
James Philip

1Alister McGrath,  C. S. Lewis: A Life—Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet  (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2013), 277.

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1 Corinthians 1-4

By David Jeremiah.

{ Day 333 }.


But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:11, NKJV, emphasis added

Being called into some kind of prophetic ministry is not necessarily the reward for how diligent you have been to seek to mature in prophecy. It’s not even determined by how eager you are to grow in wisdom and character. It is a matter of God‘s sovereign call. The same thing is true with regard to each individual manifestation of the Spirit. We serve a personal God who has His own purposes for each individual. God is not an impersonal force. A Tibetan monk may go through exercises and disciplines, thinking these will help him become an ascended master. But the gifts and callings of God are not primarily based on our striving, seeking, or searching, but they are based on His sovereign choice and His grace. It is not a matter of our efforts to attain or develop spiritual skills. It is all about God’s sovereign calling and God’s gracious giftings.

{ PRAYER STARTER }

Father, help me to understand the purpose for the giftings You have given to me. Show me why You have called me to these gifts, and enable me to respond as Your grace gives me strength.

There is a place for diligently seeking to grow in gifting,
character, and maturity. But while diligence causes you
to grow within your calling, it does not
determine your calling.

By MIKE BICKLE.

10 Characteristics of a Man of Integrity.


Do you have an accountability partner?
Do you have an accountability partner? (Stock Free Images)

One of the best definitions of character we’ve ever heard goes something like this: “Character is what you do when no one else is looking.”

This is one reason golf is such a great life-lesson game. It’s the only professional sport where the participants call penalties on themselves.

But men of integrity value what is honest, true, noble, trustworthy, kind and right ahead of personal gain. Once integrated into our foundational operating system, integrity ceases to be optional or “add on” but instead becomes a way of life.

Here are some suggestions that will help once we decide to make integrity a foundational value:

1. Root yourself in a moral foundation. It’s been said that everyone has a god; the question is only “What god do we choose?” But many of us fail to even address the issue. Once considered, this question can give us a firm place to anchor.

2. Look for the positive. Load your consciousness in a positive direction by scanning the news for examples of integrity. Then talk about those with friends and family rather than the latest scandal. Make endorsing integrity a stronger value in your life than criticism and scorn.

3. Resist the temptation to compartmentalize your life. Too many of us are different people in different places. Determine to be a man of integrity; then practice at home, at work, at play—wherever you are.

4. Determine to live for others ahead of yourself. The root enemy of integrity is selfishness. The “Golden Rule” requires treating others the way we would like to be treated. It is impossible to follow the Golden Rule without a boost to personal integrity.

5. Participate in an active accountability group. There’s a great story about the great leader Moses when his friends Aaron and Hur stood with him to hold his arms up high until the battle was won. We all need friends to hold our arms up, to help keep us strong.

6. Partner with a friend where you need to make progress. Take accountability to the next level by asking another man to hold your feet to the fire where necessary. This can be a mutual arrangement. We know a man who asks his friend to call several times a week and ask point-blank if he’s been looking at porn. The promise of a pointed question can help any area of weakness.

7. Be in the habit of sharing everything with your wife. When we don’t keep any secrets from our spouse, it tends to have an impact on who we are.

8. Practice the habit of imagining the presence of someone whose opinion you value. What if my father was present at this business meeting? I wonder how Grandpa would enjoy being part of this foursome? Would I tell this joke in the presence of my wife? How would my kids feel if they listened in on this conversation?

9. Hold your children accountable. It’s cliché to say that “to teach is to learn.” But the truth is, every lesson we bring to our children is something we need to hear too.

10. Practice having a “principle of the week.” Elaborate the teaching equation to highlight a “principle of the week” at home. Have a week devoted to conversations about honesty, another week highlighting trust, then a week where everyone in the family pledges one act of selflessness per day and then shares over dinner.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

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Patrick Morley: A Plea to Disciple Younger Men.


Have you had the opportunity to disciple a younger man?
Have you had the opportunity to disciple a younger man? (Shutterstock)

A former business colleague is discipling a college student and asked me which of my books I would recommend he use. Without blinking I wrote back, “How God Makes Men.”

In the email, I included the following book excerpt, which explains why:

“By now, I’m sure you’re not surprised that God sends men in much the same way He has been sending them down through the centuries. Once you’ve been enlisted in God’s army and learned how to clean and shoot your weapon, you’re going to be deployed. Sending is simply going wherever God wants you to go to do whatever God wants you to do. Of course, making disciples is not the only thing God sends us to do. But in this chapter we’re focusing on the Great Commission, or ‘making disciples,’ part of sending. Let’s consider the priorities of making disciples.

“First, making disciples starts at home. Your most important ministry is to your wife (if you have one). A friend of mine was having marriage problems. He came to one of our conferences and got inspired to disciple men. Since that brought him joy, and home brought him distress, he started putting more and more time into discipling men and spending less and less time with his wife. When he asked me about it, I said, ‘I don’t want you doing ministry to men until you get your ministry to your wife right.’ To his credit, he went back and put his own marriage in order. Today, he has a flourishing ministry to men.

“Second, after your wife, your most important ministry is to your children (if you have any). A man’s number one discipleship group must be his family. No amount of success anywhere else can compensate for failure here. God has ordained you to disciple your children. If they don’t get discipled, that one’s on you. You are God’s designated way to release the power of the gospel to your children.

“Finally, once you have your own house in order, then you can have a disciple-making ministry to others. All kinds of people need discipleship. But let me make a special plea. You see, one of the greatest needs in our day is to disciple younger men. An incident from the animal kingdom illustrates this.

“When elephants overcrowded South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the government authorized killing adult elephants and relocating their offspring to other parks. As the orphaned male elephants became teenagers, they were clueless about what normal elephant behavior looked like. When their testosterone levels spiked, the orphaned bulls turned aggressive. In one park they savagely killed thirty-nine rhinos. A park ranger watched as a young bull elephant intentionally knocked over a rhino and trampled it. The situation was out of control.

“Then rangers brought several adult bull elephants into one of the parks. Just by being themselves, these animals ‘mentored’ the younger bulls, demonstrating to them what normal male elephant behavior looked like. No more rhinos were killed after the mature bulls arrived.

“It’s not easy to become a man. Many young men today have grown up as ‘practical’ orphans. They’ve been left to guess at what normal male behavior looks like. The faith of young men is under severe attack. That’s where the battle is raging. And frankly, mature Christian men are just not getting the discipleship job done. Consider these challenging words:

“If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.”

So, consider discipling some younger men. That’s a place where you can really make a difference.

Source: CHARISMA MAGAZINE/ NEW MAN.

PATRICK MORLEY/MAN IN THE MIRROR

Patrick Morley is founder and CEO of Man in the Mirror. After building one of Florida’s 100 largest privately held companies, in 1991, he founded Man in the Mirror, a nonprofit organization to help men find meaning and purpose in life. Dr. Morley is the best-selling author of The Man in the Mirror, No Man Left Behind, Dad in the Mirror, and A Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines.

Are You a Hearer Only or a Doer?.


Do you apply what you hear from God's Word?
Do you apply what you hear from God’s Word? (Stock Free Images)

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word application as “the act of putting to a special use or purpose.”

Every day I read the Bible. Every day I pray. But not every day do I act like a Christian. Why?

It’s because we forget to become doers of the Word. The Bible is very clear that if you and I don’t become doers of the Word, we are like the man who looks in the mirror and forgets what we look like after we walk away.

James 1:22-25 says, “But prove yourselves doers of the Word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.”

All the knowledge of the Bible and all the sermons in the world will not make you a good Christian unless you actually apply what you know and what you hear to your walk. For example: Love your neighbor. If you don’t know or get to know you neighbor, how can you love them?

Another example: The Lord’s Prayer says, “Forgive us as we have forgiven our debtors.” Is that a prayer we really want to pray? Lord, forgive just like those I forgive? Would God actually forgive you if that were the case? Have you really forgiven others? If not, watch out what you pray for.

Are you and I really applying the words of God to our life? Or are we just going through the motions? The dictionary says application means “the act of putting to a special use or purpose.” For what special use are you using God’s Word? Is it for knowledge? That’s not too special.

God wants us to share His Word. He wants us to apply what we learn and hear to our lives, our families’ lives and to each person we come in contact with.

So I ask you: Are you a forgetful hearer or an effectual doer of God’s Word? There is a difference.

Jody Burkeen is founder of Man Up God’s Way Ministries, birthed out of his desire to help change the way Christian men “do” Christianity.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS/ NEW MAN.

JODY BURKEEN/MAN UP GOD’S WAY

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