The Biggest Music Concert in Nigeria

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As Nathaniel Bassey blew the trumpet, the whole ‘stadium’ began to shout, scream and sing, all 50,000 of them. It was my first time in this extra ordinary “concert” and it was mind blowing to put it mildly.

To make it even more surreal, there were guest appearances from Africa’s most dynamic music duo: Don Jazzy and D’banj. Other artists like Tiwa Savage, Capital Femi, Obiwon, Kcee, Weird MC and Steve Crown graced the venue.

Even actors weren’t left behind; Uche Jombo, Chika Ike, Chioma Akpotha and Funke Akindele were present to feel the wave of the moment. The amiable personality in Toke Makinwa also graced the occasion.

So Who is this Man that celebrities and over 50,000 strong people thronged in an encompassing embrace to see/feel/witness?

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He is the Alpha and Omega, Ancient of Days, Beginning & the End, Creator of all things, Everlasting Father, Elohim, El-Shaddai, Emmanuel, First and Last, Finisher of Our Faith, Father of Mercies, God of the whole Earth.

He is I AM THAT I AM, Jehovah El-Shaddai, Jehovah Nissi, Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Shalom, King of Kings, Lily of the Valley, Lord God Almighty, Lord God Omnipotent, Lord Most High, Lord of All the Earth, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Mighty One in battle, My Salvation, My Shield, My Strength, My Support, Way Maker.

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So what’s this occasion, that made tons of celebrities and over 50,000 strong people from across the World to tune in LIVE.

#TheHallelujahChallenge hosted by Gospel Artist, Nathaniel Bassey is a month long (June 1st to June 30th) praise and worship festival were people tune in for about an hour (midnight to 1am) to exalt God on high and watch Him manifest Himself in His ever magnificent Glory.

Today was my first time participating and with 18 more days (13th June to 30th June), this experience with thousands of testimonies Worldwide will surely revolutionize your life.

Venue is on Instagram Live: @nathanielblow and Facebook Live: @nathanielbassey.net

Time is 12 midnight to 1am.

Tune in and be blessed.

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#OlowoGboGboro.

Basketball: 3 Tall Men, 2 Kings, 1 God

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Growing up, I realized that I was growing taller than my mates and was always made to stand at the back of the class during morning assembly. Occasionally the height advantage felt good as a child but more often than not, towering over my peers brought with it unnecessary attention from teachers who were always looking for a scapegoat? My height was an enemy.

Then I got older and I grew taller and taller and taller. Currently standing at 6ft 4in tall, I have stopped growing now (I think) and apart from getting those “I don’t want to stand next to him” stares I get when group photographs were being taken, nothing annoyed me more about my height than being constantly asked “why don’t you play basketball?”

As a kid I was never interested in the sports called basketball. Soccer was my cup of tea. I dream soccer. I eat soccer. I lived soccer. I even played soccer once with a broken hand. Soccer was my all. But that didn’t stop the “why don’t you play basketball?” questions from coming. Of course I am tall and it was expected.

I thought about developing an interest in “the beautiful game” as basketball is often referred to and maybe “not waste my height” as people kept saying.

Then the unexpected happened.

I should have been maybe 14 years old or so when the boys in my hostel were invited to play basketball at a court close to school. I had never played the game before but my height got me the “lead role” and I flunked. Badly. That wasn’t even sad part, to rub salt into the wound, a senior in school disappointed with my display said and I quote “bush boy, you can’t even play basketball”.

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So being the youngest goalkeeper to make the Senior team and also being one of the fastest track and field athletes in my age bracket wasn’t enough but since I couldn’t play America’s game, I was a bush/local boy?

I never step foot in a basketball court again. The hate for the sports had reached a climax and there was nothing that was gonna change that.

Then came a hero!!!!!

A King in his own right.

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He came, swept me off my feet and made me fall in love with a sports I should have played (height wise).

The King was LeBron James.

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It’s being over half a decade since my hatred for the sports was diluted by this one human being.

Just when I was getting a little comfortable with the idea of liking basketball, Steph Curry came along and blew me out of the water.

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He made me love the game if not for anything but for his love for God. Being a devout Christian, a Jesus loving husband and father, Curry has my favorite scripture Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” —and Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ that strenghtens you”—on his game shoes.

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Steph once explained how his faith has been his driving force. He said “I’ve always been a believer that the Lord has put whatever talent in you, [and] whatever gift He has put in you, He wants you to get the most out of that. He wants you to succeed; He wants you to pursue and work and be passionate about it,” Curry says. “It’s not about getting any of the glory for yourself; it’s all for His [glory]. That’s where you have to keep perspective. Work at it and do all you can so you get the most out of yourself, but do it for His will.”

What a man!!!!

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Soccer still has my heart but basketball is gaining a large stride but God will always reign supreme.

Stand tall, give God pre-eminence in everything you do, always study the Bible (King James) and watch God sprinkle curry into your life (no pun intended).

Remember, you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you. Philippians 4:13

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Did I use sports to talk to you about Jesus? Yes I just did. God bless you.

 

 

 

A Simple NO Can Save Your Life

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Any situation/habit/act that defiles you/ makes you compromise your values/ causes you to sin against God and makes you betray your belief system is NO (Not Okay) to your life and should be followed up with an emphatic NO.

No is a complete sentence and needs no explanation so don’t begin to scramble for a good reason to justify your “no”.

It’s a NO (Now Over). Finish!!!!!

Stand firm. Don’t compromise.

 

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Operation “JUMP and PASS”

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“The day my enemies turned tail and ran, they stumbled on You and fell on their faces.
You took over and set everything right; when I needed You, You were there, taking charge. I’m thanking You, God, from a full heart. I am writing the book of your wonders. I am whistling, laughing and JUMPING for joy” —->>> Psalms 9:1-4 (MSG).

You shall surely JUMP AND PASS your adversaries. ‘Exercise’ your faith!!!!!

 

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When Worry Makes You A Warrior

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A few years ago, Martha was asked by a colleague to pick up her grand mother for her checkup at the hospital. Martha didn’t know this woman. All she was told was that this person was more than 90 years old and probably quite frail. But the person who opened the door when Martha knocked could hardly be described as old and frail. The person who stood before Martha was a sprightly lady who appeared to be in her seventies at most.

“Do you mind me asking how old you are?” Martha asked on the drive to the doctor.

“93,” the woman answered.

Martha was astonished. “You look so much younger,” she said. “What’s your secret?”.

“Well, honey,” she answered, “30 years ago I made the decision to stop worrying and I haven’t wasted a moment on worry since.”

It was this decision that made her younger and healthier than her chronological age. Think of all the energy she gained through her decision not to worry. Think of all the anxiety she spared herself, all the needless stress she avoided.

Are you aware that 85 percent of what most people worried about never happened? and with the 15 percent that did happen, 79 percent of subjects discovered either they could handle the difficulty better than expected, or the difficulty taught them a lesson worth learning. This means that 97 percent of what you worry over is not much more than a fearful mind punishing you with exaggerations and misperceptions.

Stop killing yourself with worry and start lifting yourself in prayers. Don’t be a worry warrior when you can easily prevail on the alter of prayer.

 

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What is New About Your Love Life?

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You are both in love, that’s not new.
You talk to each other every day, that’s not new.
You lovebirds can’t stand being away from each other, nothing new.
You have unbridled, wild and sometimes steamy sex, still not new.

What’s new about your relationship with God pertaining to your relationship with him/her?

Has dating him taken you farther away from God or closer to God?

Has dating her strengthened your faith and resolve in God?

Has dating him made you worry more or worry less?

Has your “new” relationship increased your attendance in church and Godly activities or has it made going to church a burden?

Has being intertwined in your relationship entwined you in sin?

Has your relationship improved your Bible study hours or made your Bible a fashion accessory for only Sundays?

Do you both discuss sex more than God in your relationship?

Has “Good in bed” become your priority in choosing a date instead of “God lover”???

A relationSHIP without God is like a ship without a rudder, it’s going nowhere meaningful.

A relationSHIP that isn’t God centered will crash and it’s occupants will drown in sin.

Evaluate your love life now and make “God” the priority. If he is not in, he can use the door!!!!

 

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Day 9: Relax, Our God is An Engineer

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It is Day 9 of the 21 day Prayer and Fasting…. (Click HERE to read about it)

This is the second week of the Prayer and Fasting program. Click HERE for previous messages for the first week.

For today, we would be taking a look at the food providing and storm calming God.

I have attended weddings in my beloved Nigeria where getting food was based on “who know who”. For non-Nigerians, this is the principle where only people the waiter/server knows gets food. In order not to disgrace myself, I just shined teeth smiled with the bride and groom, took pictures and left. I surely didn’t have the strength to bribe/fight/beg for food. For comon overrated jollof rice, salad, moi moi, kpomo, egg and chicken. But why?

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Then I attended my cousin’s wedding where all the servers/waiters knew me. I was rest assured and not bothered about getting food. Such was my confidence that I even invited a friend to the wedding with the promise that there was enough to eat and drink. And I didn’t disappoint.

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Not only did I have enough to eat and drink. I had enough for my guest. I was this confident because I am born into the family of the celebrant. I was at perfect peace.

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I remember hearing a story about a train travelling through the night in a very violent rainstorm. The lightning flashes were almost blinding, the rain hitting the windows was deafening and the strong winds rocked the train from side to side. When the lightning flashed and lighted up the darkness, the passengers could see the rising water along the tracks. This created terror in the minds of the passengers. Several passengers noted that through all the noise, lightning and wind, one of the passengers, a little girl, seemed to be at perfect peace. The adult passengers couldn’t figure out why the little girl was so calm during all the turbulence. Finally, one passenger asked her, ” How is it that you can be so calm when all the rest of us are so worried about what might or could happen?”
The little passenger smiled and said calmly, “My father is the train engineer!”

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She was unperturbed, unmoved, unfazed by the circumstances around her because in her words “My father is the train engineer” and she had full faith in her father’s ability to calm the troubled train.

As Christians, we surely can’t forget Mark 4:35-38 which reads “On the same day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

Verses 39-41 “Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”. And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

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Why are you so fearful or worry so much about tomorrow?
Why are you so worried about what you would eat or drink tomorrow, when you are born into the family of the Almighty Celebrant where food never runs out?
Why are you concerned about the terrors of life (accident, death, sickness, terrorism etc) when your Heavenly father, the creator of the Universe is the Engineer of the whole wide World?
Why are you so fearful of the storms of life (recession, money issues, business stagnation etc) when your Jesus Himself calmed the storm and then added effizy by walking on water?

 

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Relax and enjoy life because everything is gonna be alright.

 

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