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Prisoners Were Surrendering Their Lives To Jesus – Ex-Convict Iranian Pastor Says

An Iranian pastor, Mojtaba Hosseini who was arrested as a “threat against national security,” and released in 2015 has confirmed that while he was in prison a lot of prison inmates gave their lives to Jesus.

Mojtaba Hosseini was one of the leaders of a secret growing house church movement in Iran.

Hosseini who is 30, told Open Doors USA recently that he is determined to continue working to ensure that the church grows in Iran, in spite of the persecution from the Islamic government.

When asked about why he has not given up during an interview, Mojtaba said with a smile:

Why didn’t I stop my work for the church after I was first arrested? I don’t really know. There was no logical explanation, but we felt that the Lord wanted us to continue. We knew this would mean we could get arrested at any moment.

Mojtaba Hosseini also noted that while he was in the Iranian prison, he was not alone as God was always with him. He turned to God in prayer for help.

I prayed; that was all I could do,” he said. “At first, they were prayers of repentance. I thought God was punishing me for my mistakes by putting me in prison.” That was the moment, he says, he realized he was “nothing.

Then the Lord spoke to me. He said: ‘Stop being selfish Mojtaba, it’s not about you; it’s about Me. Look around you.

It was after that encounter that he began to look at fellow inmates around him tried to see them the way that God sees them.

God spoke again to me, saying, ‘It is time that you share Me with them. They need Me,” Hosseini explained.

He told Open Doors that in hindsight he realized what God had done.

It’s funny how God works sometimes. It would have been absolutely impossible for us to pass the big gates of prison to bring the gospel to those who needed him so badly inside,” Hosseini noted. “But God just placed me and other Christians inside the prison, among them to shine His light.

He began to share the gospel of Jesus Christ among his fellow prisoners.  Some responded to the gospel’s call.  Some didn’t but were comforted in prayer.  He also prayed for a Bible and repeatedly asked the guards for one.

And to answer his prayers God used the prison Imam, who prayed with the Muslim inmates, offered to help him.

He was impressed by our commitment to our God,” Hosseini recalled. “I think it was God who filled his heart with kindness for us.

The Imam realized smuggling a Bible into the prison would be impossible.  But he had an idea.  He would bring in printouts of the Bible disguised as an English lesson.  One of Hosseini’s friends in the same prison ward would translate the scriptures into Farsi.

Hosseini then copied the pages and gave them out to prisoners who had asked for them.  It wasn’t long until all of the prisoners knew that Bible verses were circulating.

We even got requests from other wards,” he remembers. “People were asking us for more. And the best thing was that prisoners were giving their lives to the Jesus of the Bible.

Looking back to his days in the prison, Hosseini said: “I never prayed for God to release me from prison. I can serve God anywhere, inside or outside of prison. It doesn’t matter what situation I’m in. I can work in God’s Kingdom wherever He places me.”

And at that time God placed me among the prisoners,” he added.

Culled From CBNNEWS.COM

Christed Records Releases All-Star Playlist Hosted By DJ Drexx

Christed Records has released 21- track playlist of released and unreleased music from the Christed Records family.

Christed Records is home to Otto Vonpablo, Christ Rydaz, Mr YoungGod, Corban, Dj Drex, Cylent andModallas.

The new playlist will definitely be a blessing to everyone playing it.

Christed Records is all set for a tour and bringing the‘Northern Light Tour’ to the family in the north.

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Monday Motivation – 5 Things To Quit Doing This Ember Months

Quit the blame game: If there is anything that is very common during ember months, it is the fact that people become more agitated.

While some sit down to complain and blame people for all their unaccomplished goals, others look back to the months and thank God for the little accomplishments they have recorded while also working hard to achieve more.

Whatever be the case, whether you have achieved much, little or nothing at all, the truth is that playing the blame game is the most unwise thing to do.

Most people even go as far as putting blames on witches and demons for their failures.

It doesn’t matter who or what you’re blaming, the truth is, the easiest way to restrain yourself from achieving much is to keep blaming.

Quit being irresponsible: One of the biggest mistakes that most people make is to think that the only way one can be irresponsible is to become a drunkard, prostitute etc.

They don’t understand that anyone who constantly passes the buck or stands on the sideline while attributing his/her responsibility to others is equally as irresponsible.

Understand that no one really owes you anything and start taking responsibility for the outcome of your life.

Whatever result you have recorded so far is as a result of the choices you’ve made and the actions you have taken in the past months.

Why should you point accusing fingers on demons for your poverty when it is clear that you are not prudent with the little resources that God has put in your care.

You blame the old woman in your village for your inability to get married even when you know that your attitude towards people is filthy.

Shouldn’t you rather be thinking of how to become more responsible with resources and also work towards improving your attitude?

Be responsible for yourself.

Quit procrastinating: Before you read on, pause for a while and think about those amazing goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year.

Have you achieved all, have you started working towards achieving them, or you’re still mopping around and dilly-dallying?

If you are waiting for a perfect condition to start, then I’m afraid to tell you that there will never be anything as such. There is no better time to start than now.

Quit moping for too long: Life is configured in such a way that we cannot always have it our way, sometimes things happen to you and you find yourself becoming moody and gloomy, and before you know it, you’re already moping around endlessly without really doing anything meaningful.

Certain things must have come your way in the cause of the year and it can be quite difficult to move on when these things happen, but you should always strive not to remain down for too long. Get up, dust yourself and keep moving.

Quit holding on to the past: holding on to past wrongs and offenses can be quite a future wrecking experience.

There must have been people who wronged you or caused you some havoc, but you must learn to let go.

Negative feelings can be mentally draining, it saps your energy to move on and keeps your mind in a constant state of obscurity; hence you’re not able to think clearly.

Though it may not be easy to do, however, you’ve got to forgive and let go.

In conclusion:

The year is running out and the worst thing you will do to yourself is to become complacent. Get to work and start doing that which is required to move you to your next level.

This ember month should not be a time when you move from one prayer house to the other chasing after demons that does even know you exist.

Let me tell you, the demons are not more powerful in ember month, just as God does not become less powerful. Focus on what God has accomplished for you on the cross through the finished work of Christ.

You have all it takes to achieve your goals, though the year is almost coming to an end, but if you will do all that I have told you today you will be amazed at how much you will achieve.

God bless you.

 

Apostle Suleman Says 2019 Election Will Not Hold Unless Nigerians Pray

2019 ElectionApostle Johnson Suleman has prophesied that unless Nigerians pray for the country, the 2019 election will not hold.

The Senior Pastor of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide (OFM), in a chat with journalists in his church, prophesied about the 2019 Election saying:

“Tell Nigerians who wish to see democracy sustained, to pray for our leaders and work for peace; tell the leaders too to pray and be honest with the people they are serving, otherwise, elections may not hold in Nigeria in 2019. That is what God has shown me.”

Apostle Suleman has been credited for many precise prophecies made in years past.

The self-acclaimed ‘Oracle of God’ is the first pastor in Nigeria that prophesied in a December 2013 prophecy, the crowning of former Central Bank of Nigeria’s governor, Alhaji Lamido Sanusi Lamido, as Emir of Kano.

He equally foresaw the death of a serving cabinet member in Nigeria and asked for special prayer during a church service in January 2015.

Likewise, during his ministry’s ‘Fire and Miracle Night’ programme in August 2015, the servant of God foretold the trouble in the last Kogi State governorship election that brought in Governor Yahaya Bello and warned of ‘a death’.

Also, as Edo State prepared for the September 10th 2016 governorship election, Apostle Suleman at a church service said he did not see the election holding on the appointed date.

Subsequently, the INEC shifted the election to September 28 2016, citing security challenges.

“I see presidents being removed in Africa and presidents being installed”, the man of God declared in his 2016 prophecies.

In that declaration, Suleman also asked for vigilance as he said he saw kidnappers entering school, adding that “President Buhari’s health needed serious attention; that America and China would have major crisis.”

 

Bishop Oyedepo Reveals The One Important Key To Blessings

While preaching recently, the founder of Living Faith Ministries, popularly known as Winners Chapel,Bishop David Oyedepo notes that he has been very blessed despite not investing in a business, according to Information Nigeria 

He goes on to reveal the secret - being a man of purpose. According to the popular preacher, having purpose leads to accomplishment.

In Bishop Oyedepo’s words, “I have discovered that men who make outstanding impact in their generation are men of purpose. You too must become a man of purpose to become a man of accomplishment. You are not every man, you are just one man. That means one thing is sufficient for you to pursue. So, give it all you’ve got, and you will get all it contains.”

He further explains that being a man of purpose means doing the one thing God has created him to do.

“I am doing only one thing in the world, and that is what He has sent me to do. I have not invested money into any form of business, yet I am blessed as I pursue my goal. Show me a man with a goal and I would show you a goal-getter in the making,” he concludes.

Sharing on Facebook on Sunday, Bishop Oyedepo said in a post titled “Covenant Blessings for this Week”:

“Even the sky is no limit to your glorious destiny in Christ, all you have to do is stay on duty and He will keep changing your position.
Stop waiting at the door for God to bless you, engage in divine instructions.

As you make your choice to serve God, you will enjoy strong and long life in Jesus’ name!
Every air of drought around your life is finally over!
No more droughts in your career and marriage!
Grace to enjoy serving God, receive now in the name of Jesus!
You will not suffer closed heaven anymore!
Your family will not suffer untimely death, you will not bury your children and you will not die young!
Your long awaited miracle job is delivered in Jesus’ name!
Whatever is responsible for tension in your home is over in the name of Jesus!
God is opening new chapters in your life!
Your heaven shall remain open and you will never know drought!
#ItsMyNewDawnEra

“I Had Just ₦63K Before I Bought My House” – Comedian Seyi Law Testifies!

Comedian Seyi Law has shared the testimony of how God helped him purchased a new house even as he shared the pictures of the new property on social media.

Seyi Law took to his Instagram page on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, where he shared photos of his new house. He went on to reveal how he had just N63K in his account just before he bought his house because he had lost a lot of money during his last show.

“God is my rock and my refuge whom shall I fear. Our testimony is huge and no man can share in the glory of what God did, is doing and is going to do. Tears of Joy filled my eyes and my mouth is in awe of God’s faithfulness. All the people and brand that I have worked for seem to have abandoned me this year. I traveled out of Nigeria for my shows, had a great show but lost a lot of money.

“My heart raced, my home was shaky, but I kept faith. I contemplated stopping my shows and selling some of our lands, but you know God reminded me of the word He gave me in November 2017. In May, just about a month to buying this house, I had just N63k in my account, having invested in my shows and by my 35th Birthday on the 22nd June 2018, God did what only him could have done.

“If your heart is in a troubled place, there is a God who is Jehovah Shalom. He knows and if you can trust him, he will do exceedingly and abundantly more than you can ever imagine. Your help is in God and not man, for Him alone can and will speak to the hearts of the men that he has chosen for you. Trust in Him alone. Praise God for me. SEYILAW testifies,” he wrote.

Rev. Yomi Kasali Condemns Comedy Mocking God & Pastors – Alibaba Responds!

– Yomi Kasali condemns comedy mocking God & pastorsThe Senior Pastor of Foundation Of Truth Assembly, Lagos, Reverend Yomi Kasali, has condemned the act by comedians who make jokes ridiculing  pastors.

The man of God, in a video which he shared of himself preaching to a congregation was stern about his stance where comedy and the ministry is concerned and berated other pastors that allows it. He  said the day a Christian laughs at a comedian cracking a joke abusing God or men of God, then such a person is no longer a Christian.

Watch him speak below:

Following Rev. Kasali’s message,  Ace comedian,Alibaba who reacted to Pastor Kasali message agreed with the pastor that God should not be mocked. He also agreed that men of God should not be mocked, however, Alibaba said a man of God who has falling from fate has fallen into the comedians’ net!

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“I agree totally. No comedian should do any joke that mocks God. God can not be mocked. Jesus Christ, Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon his name) and the Holy Spirit are also in this exclusive no mock zone. After that, every one else is easy pick. Men of God and Men from God, also can be excluded from the mock zone. But any man of God who has become far from God, has fallen into our hands. Oh by the way… just as jokes are a tool in entertainment and criticism, they were tools back in the days. They are like parables. Jesus used a lot of those parables. If Jesus were in our clime and time, he would have used jokes as well. I hear jokes from @pauladefarasin @tonyrapu #jesseduplanti @Bishoptdjakes #BensonIdahosa @pastorituaighodalo @creflodollar #thePope #CardinalOkojie #PastorEAAdeboye #bishopKuka… these men of God can give any comedian a run for their money. They use humour to get their messages across. In fact, some of the best and cleanest jokes can be gleaned from the pulpit. Because those jokes can be told anywhere. HOWEVER, IF A MAN OF GOD DOESNT HAVE THE ANOINTING OF SENSE OF HUMOUR… IT WILL BE HARD FOR THAT TO BE HIS POINT OF STRENGTH. So, expectedly, he will not see the value in using it or seeing it used. Just as, a pastor who can’t sing may not apply songs to his teachings. Like I said @yomi_kasali has a point. Up to a point. That’s my point.”

 

 

“There’s Nothing God Cannot Do” – Adesua Etomi Celebrated By Same University She Barely Afforded

Adesua Etomi, Nollywood actor and wife of singer Banky W, has shared her testimony while reminiscing on the time she could barely afford her university fees and now being celebrated by the same institution.

Adesua made this known on her Instagram page Wednesday, sharing a photo of her portrait being celebrated at her alma mater, University of Wolverhampton.

“Today, I’m grateful for my university education,” she said. “I remember how my mum and I would sit and wonder how we’d pay my university fees every single year. It’s amazing how God took me from that to being celebrated and painted on the wall by the same university that we could barely afford.”

“It may look hard right now but hang in there, there’s nothing God cannot do. It will end in praise but remember to put in the work. #31DaysOfGrateful #Day29 #talkaboutthejourney,” she captioned the photo.

It is not the first time Adesua Etomi will be sharing some of the difficult moments of her life she had to overcome. On the 11th of June, 2018, she shared a mind-blowing story on her Instagram page where she wrote a long post about how God used the hard times when nothing seem to be working in her life to build her faith.

Apostle Suleman Condemns Comedians Joking With Jesus & ‘Shaku Shaku’ Dance In Church!

– Apostle Suleman condemns acts by comedians using Jesus Christ to crack jokes

– Takes stand against certain dance moves in churchGeneral Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries,Apostle Johnson Suleman has condemned the acts by some Nigerian comedians who take delight in using Jesus Christ to crack jokes.

Apostle Suleman queried why no Comedian uses Mohammed to crack jokes. According to him, Comedians will be killed if they crack jokes with Mohammed.

He also took a swipe at Christians that do not stand up in defence of clergymen as they get dragged online.

While preaching in his church in Edo State recently, Apostle Suleman said:

“No regard. Imagine comedians will be cracking jokes and using Jesus for joke, calling Jesus Bros J and a pastor doesn’t go to the altar and give him sound slap.

“Can you joke with Mohammed like that? They will kill you,” he said.

In another video shared by Award winning music producer Wilson Joel on Instagram, Apostle Suleman condemned the popular dance moves being exported into the church. He was specific about the new dance called ‘Shaku Shaku’. He condemned the church members and pastors joining in the dance saying, it did not start in the church. He is of the view that the church should create its own dance moves and export it to the world.

“Most of us have been carried away by what is popular. Even in the church, we improvise and bring in popular things into church, thinking we can give Christianity swag. People are dancing and moving their hands… they call it Shaku… what they saw outside. You are spiritualizing and churchilizing shaku in church. You are a shame! You are a disgrace. Leave them to dance their dance! Dancing shaku in church, some pastor join them, some choir members and urshers… It didn’t start here. We should look for a dance that started in church and export it outside…”

The prolific music producer Wilson Joel who shared the post said he has some reservations but did not comment further.

10 Reasons Not To Be A Gospel Artist | By Jonathan McReynolds

Grammy-nominated Gospel singer Jonathan McReynolds pens down 10 reasons why one should not pursue a career in Gospel music. Jonathan has successfully topped the Billboard chart. He is also a part-time college professor at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. On his blog, LifeRoomTalk, Jonathan highlights his 10 reasons. Read below:

10 Reasons Not To Be A Gospel Artist – Jonathan McReynolds

Uh oh. Sounds pretty bad, huh? Well, I want you to listen. The quality, integrity, and potency of gospel music are not affected by the top pop artist or the state of hip-hop. It is entirely based on the people that make up the gospel music industry itself. We aren’t tainted by things external, only by things internal–not by what comes in, but what is put back out (Matthew 15). There are 6 billion reasons to be a gospel artist and I am certainly not complaining about this amazing life and career God gave me, but I write this because these ten things will discourage you, expose you, waste your energy and money if you are not called to this! I don’t want to dissuade anyone from the Church. We need God! We need each other! There is a purpose for your life that has God and His Kingdom in mind. However, everyone does not need to gather producers, studio time and a booking manager to embark on a journey to gospel stardom and influence. Chances are if that’s what you seek, you’re not off on a good foot. Here we go! Ten reasons not to quit your day job nor continue those guitar lessons…

It is small. Yes, maybe gospel music is number one to you. Maybe it has been your life’s soundtrack. It might be hard for everyone to truly imagine how small this genre is in the grand scheme of things but it is. The amount of embraced, going-to-be-on-TV-soon artists is probably something like 30 and since a gospel artist’s success can last 30+ years, that number stays low, with only 1 or 2 new artists introduced (in a big way) every year. The audience is also incredibly small. We are talking like 5% of the country that truly consumes this music even though most music is influenced by it. If you are looking for incredibly large audiences, the gospel is not the surest way to do it.

It is not unified. Sure, everyone has their own tastes but America, the engine of gospel music, has an extra reason to divide. Sunday morning is known as the most segregated time in America because stylistic preferences and racial tensions filter everyone to churches that look and sound like them. The music industry reflects that. There are two distinct sides–at least two. And to be played on one type of radio station almost immediately disqualifies you from being played on the other. It may hurt you to find that there are very few opportunities (and very few plans to make more opportunities) to bring the Church and it’s artists together. And this is coming from someone who has been embraced, to an extent, by both sides, several races, and cultures! It is rare! I just want you to know that.

You will be copied. Like any genre, people pay attention to what seems to “work” and what seems to sell. So if you are successful, prepare to have many copy elements of your artistry and approach. This is not specific to the gospel at all, though the phenomenon of imitation is often Christianized. “This is the sound that God wants to hear!” Heartwise? That is correct. Instrumentation, style, and artistic approach? No. He never detailed that. And if he has, we are far off. Either way, it’s an excuse to copy, so prepare for that. Your sound may become “THE sound.”

You’ll be pressured to copy. So that means, upcoming artists will be expected to replicate that “sound” too! I was not interested in (just) that “sound,” God made a way and the crowds’ responses spoke up for me, but trust, I was pressured to copy. And you will be too. God’s hand has to be on your life for this to work and you MUST BE GOOD! If neither heaven nor earth is responding to your sound, the pressure will come for you to copy someone else’s.

You now really, really represent the Kingdom. Everything is a stage! You’re not just a singer, you represent something that people look up to and some people look down on. There have been a few singers I’ve befriended in the gospel world that hoped to be strictly singers and wow the world with their incredible gift only. They were shooting stars. There are several others that have turned out to be guiding lights. They have lasted longer, they have become more useful by God on this stage because they took up the responsibility of representing Him. Everything from fashion, to the on-stage presentation, to social media, to walking around airports is subject to the fact that people expect and, honestly, NEED you to represent Christ. Don’t get confused by society’s pressure to “be real” which tends to mean to flaunt every dirty streak on your underwear to avoid being known as a hypocrite. YOUR PUBLIC GOAL is to lead others to Christ honestly, not to express yourself for expression’s sake. And I believe there are soooo many untapped ways to point folks to God while using every weird, lame, cool, cute, smart part of you. You just have to want that. Jesus did not plead with God to “take this cup from [Him]” among the disciples He was leading. He took his personal time. He had his private struggle. I believe that part of the story is included to show us the personal sacrifice and wisdom in knowing what you mean to the people you influence. I thought to write this because I have an amazing friend that loves to sing and singing gospel music is especially fulfilling for her. She, however, has an entire “R&B” persona and hundreds of thousands of fans, and she gets to operate by different rules when it comes to fashion, language, and content. I know she knows, that there would have to be some wholesale alterations to her image to be effective as a gospel artist. I know that it’s against millennial nature to ever concede that you may have to change your presentation for the sake of the gospel but it’s the truth! Sorry! Even if God has given you peace on the way you live your life, the game changes when your actions will be magnified, duplicated and misunderstood. Gospel artists MUST rehearse and SHOULD operate with 1 Corinthians 8 in mind.

“Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.”

Too much right? Yeah, we are living for everyone else (1 Corinthians 10:31-33)! We don’t always want to accept that. The good news is you don’t have to lose authenticity to glorify God if your authentic self-glorifies God (and not like ten other things at the same time). In my opinion, it is better to edit yourself rather than simply edit your image.

Not a lot of money in it. Simple as that. It is a small market. Very few are wealthy and most smart artists supplement their income with regular jobs, church gigs (or churches they found and pastor) and other investments.

Traveling is not fun. OMG! You have no idea. If you could teleport to Oslo or take a magic carpet ride to Los Angeles, travel would be a complete perk. We all love seeing new places, new people and watching our passports get stamped to death. Unfortunately, there are often two miles of walking, irritable TSA agents, guitar carrying and defending, lost bags, connecting flights and ridiculously early lobby calls in between. As I write this, I’m heading home from a beautiful trip to Norway. I’m also excited about the destination: home. But first, we must endure…well, all that I just mentioned. Be prepared to have your body go crazy about your bird-like lifestyle too. I never knew how hard to come by and all-consuming sleep can be until I started traveling like this.

It is slow to change and embrace new things. 
As much as I love the gospel industry, it is not full of creative risk takers. While the original apostles were quite rugged and adventurous, our understanding of the faith compels us to be resistant to change, risk-averse and doubtful of most things new. Even further, our grim business outlook has labels even more concerned about prudence and frugality. The best way, to many executives, is to give a slightly new spin, face or voice to something already done. And church folk feel the same way. When I was first signed, my weird music, led by “No Gray” was not understood and valued by many people in high places. They just wanted a younger spin on worship music, not this “live music.” Ask Kirk, Deitrick, Mary Mary, and Richard Smallwood. Yes, even Richard Smallwood. They all felt some resistance to the now legendary music they have made. If that will discourage you to the point of quitting, I have saved you. If you are willing to take your time and learn to PRESENT your music in a way that can ease the stubborn expectations of a gospel music fan, stick to it. It is all about presentation. You can’t pull a person toward you without first reaching for them. Blessed is the artist that can shift a room without people noticing. Let me also warn you, people who are NOT gospel music lovers, not believers, or not avid churchgoers ALSO have particular, often antiquated expectations of Jesus music.

Many people you encounter will show little sign of the Faith. Yeah, you know it. God has a lot of children and some of them are…well…slow learners. Some are weirdos. Some are downright rebellious. And more precisely, some of the adults you meet in this Christian journey are…children. I have made it my mission to make room for artists, particularly ones who don’t see much of their style and approach represented in the genre. But I wrote this article to help ensure we don’t keep filling our stages and pulpits with people who were not ready for it. This job will shine the light and magnify all that is right with you and all that is wrong with you. The best way to be a mature, strong Christian artist, is to be a mature, strong Christian. Unfortunately, you will get a bad taste in your mouth upon meeting some of us. You cannot be discouraged. You cannot take it personally. At best, it’s a dope person having a bad or stressful day. Travel, pressure, nerves, demands, musicians, and managers can certainly seize our smiles and willingness to be social. But at worst, some of us just really don’t walk with the love of Christ. Gospel music is just as much a culture club as it is an expression of faith. You can certainly be impressively gifted with the culture and not have much faith or fruit! But we now know the lasting effects of bad models, so don’t be one. You must take on the mantle of representing Christ, knowing what the Bible ACTUALLY says, dodging rumors, gossip, and the land mines of self-interested people and be the change you want to see. It’s quite tough though.

The world won’t be a fan.
 Lastly, what you carry is huge. It’s beautiful, respectable, inclusive and divine. Its also convicting, EXclusive, and increasingly contrary to the modern zeitgeist. The mention of who you are and further expression of your beliefs will alienate you from many. I have been unfriended by several high school classmates and, while I hope they’d be proud of me, there are several that hate my guts now. “God” is kind of endearing, but “Jesus” will start a fight. Please know some media opportunities will not come to you and some press outlets will not let you in. They may not hate you but will simply be uninterested in your existence. One of the worst things a gospel artist can do is expect to be known–in different churches, but especially by the world at large. Both humble yourself and brace yourself for arrows of both hate and indifference.

See, I’m not trying to keep you from following your dreams. I’m just trying to answer all my DMs at once. I’m proud that so many pursue the call to public ministry and I’m honored that I might be inspiring some of that. This will be a great generation for the Kingdom and its artists. But you must know that it’s not easy, it’s not always fun, and no greatness comes without a great cost. New levels, new devils. Regardless of what you do, get really acquainted with your “why.” You’re going to need it.

 

28 Year-old McReynolds began his music career in 2012 with the release of Life Music via Entertainment One Music and Light Records. The album charted on three Billboard charts: the Billboard200, Gospel Albums, and Independent Albums. His second album, Life Music: Stage Two, peaked higher on all three charts in 2015. His latest full-length album Make Room debuted #1 on Billboard Gospel and garnered a historic 1.3 million streams in the first week.

 

Joy Mobley talks gifts, talents, passion for music and inspiration behind “Don’t Turn Around”

Exclusive Interview w/ Joy Mobley by Christopher Heron (2018)
Exclusive Interview w/ Joy Mobley by Christopher Heron

 

The riveting, new release entitled, Don’t Turn Around, is the latest EP from Minnesota-native, Atlanta-resident, Joy Mobley. The melodic, tapestry of anointed tunes is part of Joy’s plan to touch people through the power of her jubilant music.

 

Joy Mobley - 2018
Joy Mobley

 

 

 

Joy has always captured crowds with her incredible instrument, highlighted by her victory in the Minnesota Idol. Since then, Mobley has taken her talent to another level, veering towards ministry and making a difference for Jesus. BlackGospel.com spoke with this striking woman about music, family, and faith.

 

Christopher Heron: Joy, I’d love to begin our conversation by discovering the lovely lady behind the music. For instance, we know you’re a talented vocalist…but what’s your secret gift or hidden talent very few people know you possess?

 

Joy Mobley: I’d like to think God has blessed me with the gifts for “insight” and “connectivity”.  I believe I possess an intuitive attribute that enhances my ability to destroy communication barriers regardless of the personality.

 

I thank God for enabling me to befriend those that would just assume turn their backs, and from that breakthrough, develop a nourishing and lasting acquaintance.   In a song, I experience a pristine freedom that transcends woes and sorrows of this world.

 

Christopher Heron: You’re proud alumni of Clark Atlanta University. What are the most important values and lessons in life you attribute to your time at college?

 

 

Joy Mobley 2018
Joy Mobley

Joy Mobley: “I’ll find a way or make one” is one of the mottos for CAU. And I can definitely say that having persistence and not giving up has been key in my success and who I’ve become today. Another lesson that I can attribute to my time there is to make the most of every opportunity given to you.

While I was attending CAU I was exposed to a lot of great opportunities and because of this, I seized everyone that I could! Looking back now I know that many people might not experience in a lifetime what I was able to, at that time.

 

Christopher Heron: You’re also a proud wife and mother. How have these important family roles changed your life and shaped your view of the world?

 

Joy Mobley: If ever the word “unselfish” has been transparent, surely it’s at this time in my life of being a wife and mother.  There’s an old saying in the gospel that says “it’s not all about me” and that old saying is so true.  The reality of it all, to understand this phrase is to gain wisdom beyond the imagination.  I believe a person that is self-centered cannot truly discover their full potential nor true happiness.

 

It is imperative for the soul, mind, and spirit to nurture the body and it is equally important that our individual accountability reaches beyond our person. If I may, I must regress to the words “insight” and “connectivity”.  My having insight towards my husband and child has done so much for the priceless connectivity the three of us enjoy and share in our lives.

 

Christopher Heron: Music has always been an essential part of your identity…but when did your passion for music move to the next level and becomes a tool for ministry and an expression of faith?

 

Joy Mobley - 2018
Joy Mobley

Joy Mobley: During my adolescence, my parents pastored a church and I was afforded the opportunity to express myself in song and in church productions.  I suppose my mom became so confident in my ability to sing, many times there were impromptu performances.  The congregation or those in attendance would often compliment me by making such comments as “you sang that song so well you made me cry or you brought chills all over me.”

 

My Mom enlightened me at an early age as to who was responsible for the anointing I was under, and that I was blessed to be chosen by God to communicate His Word in song.  Even into adulthood, what I get from unbelievers regarding my new music is “I don’t usually listen to Gospel music, but I like your music.”

 

I’ve heard this countless times and knowing that the lyrics in my songs talk about Jesus, and people who are not in the church are still able to receive that message is what ministry is all about, saving souls and making disciples, Mark 16:15 says “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone”.

 

Christopher Heron: Your new EP is entitled, Don’t Turn Around. What’s the inspiration behind the title of your new release?

 

Joy Mobley: I know it’s an old cliché, but we are really living in troubled and disturbing times.  It seems that every time one listens to the news, it’s disheartening.  Hardly ever anything encouraging.  We are always bombarded by negativity whether at work, home, and even church.  My philosophy…this world needs encouragement!

 

Without encouragement to stay the course, people will turn around and escalate their demise into a world of destruction.  People today need the “truth” in their hearts, love in their spirits and confidence in their soul.  So in my lyrics, this is what I’m attempting to convey.  Stay the course, God’s People; and Don’t Turn Around!

 

 

Christopher Heron: The release of your EP is another kind of birth. It’s very intimate and reflective of you. How much is “Joy” it for you? And what is your hope and prayer for this album?

 

Joy Mobley: The “joy” for me is overwhelming because I’m doing something that I love.  My hope and prayer is that I’m able to touch the broken hearts and disturb minds of the many that are about to or perhaps already have “Turned Around”.  I would be so honored to know that my songs that are reaching the masses, relationships were mended, hearts were fixed, and lives were turned around all because of the Power of God!

 

For more information on Joy Mobley and her EP, Don’t Turn Around, visit her official website @ www.joymobley.com.

New Music: “That’s_Who_You_Are” Traimi Dave ft. Joshua Daniel+David Ehiabhi

Traimi Dave has officially releases the much anticipated single titled “THAT’S WHO YOU ARE” featuring Joshua Daniel (Revelation Musik) n David Ehiabhi (Dr. Slim)…

Traimi Dave hereby tagged his newest single “My Birthday Gift to my Fans” Listen, share and Download Listen

 

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THAT’S WHO YOU ARE LYRICS By Traimi Dave (feat. Joshua Daniel and David Ehiabhi)

I have seen a man, who took me the way I am lift me up from a miry clay, set me on the rock to stand Now I know the man, who chose me the way I am picked me up from a miry clay, set me on the rock to stand

Chorus: Jesus that’s who you are Wonderful king that’s who you are

I have looked around all over, sicknesses don’t last forever healing has come to stay by His word (come on brother, can i hear you sing something) I have moved around all over, poverty don’t last forever breakthrough has come to stay by His word

Spoken words: Some say you’re Isaiah, Jeremiah John the Baptist or just a catchiest but I know you are Alpha, Jehovah Rapha You’re my Healer, my Redeemer (You are Jesus) our Protector and our Provider, Deliverer (the son of the living God) our God, King and Father (wonderful King that’s who you are)

(Oh Jesus you are, you are) Jesus that’s who you are Wonderful king that’s who you are

Chorus continues…till fade. [The End]

  Your Breakthrough is Now…

New Music: Anticipate ”That’s who you are”_Traimi Dave_ft_Joshua Daniel & David Ehiabhi

(Birthday Gift to Fans)

Traimi Dave set to drop a Brand New Track Titled “THAT’S WHO YOU ARE’’

 

This young talented Gospel Minister David T Raimi, popularly known on stage as “Traimi Dave” is set to release another hit single titled “That’s who you are” in the coming week featuring Joshua Daniel and David Ehiabhi.

This piece, produced, mixed and mastered by Lord Louis Production is set to take the streets and the music industry by storm.

In anticipation for the release of the song, kindly download one of his HIT track ‘’Idi Ebube’’ @traimi.com and be expectant….

Your story is changing for the better……

 

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Fact: Why are most Nigerian graduates unemployable


I’ll tell you a story.

There’s this girl who aced all her subjects in secondary school.

Not just acing but award-worthy educational success.

She was so good that at her Junior Secondary 3 (JSS 3) level, she was solving mathematical problems from Senior Secondary 1 & 2 (SS 1 & 2) curriculum.

1st Mistake

She loved Maths & computers but was admitted into the university to study Geology.

Today, she still thinks she would have been a statistics wizard if she’d been allowed to just study Math or Engineering. You know – subjects where she doesn’t have to always cram some qualitative garbage but provide quantitative solutions.

2nd Mistake

When she got into the university, she realized she didn’t have to study very hard. Very few people were bothering to anyway. She was extremely smart & could hold her own but it became easier to combine intellectual efforts with other students at assignments, tests & final exams.

The system allowed it.

All her friends did it so, why fight it?

3rd Mistake

While at school, no one ever taught her how to write a résumé or successfully approach interviews.

She, just like everyone around her wanted a good life but the system pretty much set them up to fail.

When she graduated, she met a professional at an international oil & gas company who asked her what she wanted to do in life & to explain her undergraduate degree experience but she was not prepared for that.

She gave answers which were weak, mostly incoherent, lacked precision or clarity.

She’d never thought of herself in that light.

The internet wasn’t readily accessible back then so she was pretty much left on her own with her fellow ignorant peers.

She also had a great & supportive family who she leaned on.

Luckily for her, she got some mentors, then left the country for her masters degree.

At 1st, she struggled at her Canadian university.

Correcting her 2nd mistake

She had to actually learn all those skills & resources she didn’t bother with back in Nigeria due to combined students’ efforts.

She had to read all those textbooks she never bothered with in her Nigerian university in order to excel at her program.

Correcting her 3rd mistake

She also met lecturers whose method of teaching was about empowering students to run with their ideas.

It wasn’t about multiple choice questions but making a case of why Case A is better/worse than Case B.

It made her actually think for the 1st time in her life. She learned how to make great presentations. It was a confidence boost. It was exhilarating!

She learned about plagiarism which is a very despicable thing. She also learned about self-development, professional development & presentations.

She learned it was ok to make decisions, make mistakes & then learn from them.

She became comfortable working alone & also with a team. She learned the power of independence.

She was a different person.

She became more confident about her thoughts & ideas. No one laughs at her mistakes nor condemns her for them.

Her bosses don’t care about always being right or barking orders at those under them. Team contributions is crucial, encouraged & needed.

Everybody is equal. No one feared anyone. It was a healthy environment. She was valued. She freely runs her program the way she sees fit.

This is my story.

There’s no correcting my 1st mistake. If I ever do, I’ll tell a story about it.

If you read this, you’d understand how the Nigerian system encourages laziness & might discourage talent because of envy or pride.

Many Nigerian graduates are victims of their own underdeveloped & redundant society.

Maybe with the internet, a few might self-improve. Otherwise, they’re unemployable because there’s very few people to teach them better.

Note to any Nigerian student reading this – don’t take the easy way out. Read not just to pass your examinations but to actually know.

You’d be truly a better person & student for it.

Good luck!

 

Actress Tonto Dikeh Preaches At Church In South-Africa – See Photos & Video

Tonto Dikeh preaches in South Africa

Popular Nollywood actress Tonto dikeh was recently seen preaching in a church, South-Africa.

Tonto Dikeh who has been vocal about her christian faith since giving her life to Christ ministered at theEnlightened Christian Gathering church in South-Africa where she spoke to the youths on the topic of“Forgiveness and Letting Go”.

The actress also shared pictures and a short video from the ministration with a caption which reads:

“God was real, when he takes over,we suddenly become light.. #dear lord who am i that you love and use me this much ooo how i love you lord Jesus #when gods mercies speak, grace abound. #god doesnt call the qualified, he qualifies the called..

“#ECG #YOUTH WORKSHOP #SA”

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