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Yesterday as rehearsals with the Lagos Community Gospel Choir progressed for the Easter Morning Concert at This Present House, Lekki, Lagos, I wondered again about what Easter really means…. Pain that brought joy, chains that brought liberty, stripes that brought healing, death that birthed eternal life… The greatest exchange ever… that one man, the Lamb of God, the perfect sacrifice, bore all this negativity for the benefit of all humanity.

Yes, benefit. So much is now available to us because of the price Jesus paid; and we now have a right to say NO to the enemy’s attempts to ensnare, enslave, afflict or subdue us in any way. I remember a song titled Glorious Day which was performed by Donnie McClurkin at  Azusa ’93. It said ‘Living He loved me, dying He saved me, buried He carried my sins far away, rising He justified… freeing me forever, one day He’s coming back, glorious day’. Jesus really accomplished a lot for us on the cross and the best part in this story is the resurrection. He didn’t remain in the grave, death could not hold Him down. On the third day, Jesus rose triumphant and victorious!

So here’s something to think about… What’s the appropriate response to this Jesus who paid our debt, that we couldn’t pay, in order to deliver us from eternal condemnation? I praise Him, thank Him, worship Him, love Him because He first loved me, give my life to Him because He first gave His for me, and live to please Him each and every day. If you have not yet given your life to Jesus, there is no better time to do so than today. It’s really easy; all you have to say is this:

Heavenly Father, I come to you in prayer asking for the forgiveness of my sins. I confess with my mouth and believe with my heart that Jesus is your Son and that he died on the Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven and have eternal life. Jesus, I believe that you rose from the dead and I ask you right now to come into my life and be my personal Lord and Savior. I repent of my sins. Thank you Father for loving me, In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

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Happy Easter!

Merry Christmas 

It’s so much fun spending Christmas with family; even better when you merge families. That’s exactly what we did. My entire immediate family travelled over streams, rivers and forests to be with my Sister and her family.
The kids are thrilled. Anna said, ‘this is the first Christmas we’re spending with Pippa’. She even wanted both families to go to Church together so she wouldn’t be away from her cousin, whom she also calls sister or sister-cousin, for even a second.
My sister, Aunty Patty, gave me one important assignment – the Christmas turkey. I’ve done this before so after a quick refresher on YouTube, I was good to go. One new trick I picked up – brining. Simply put, just soak the turkey in salt water for a while; this amongst other benefits helps you achieve an even distribution of the salt. With timers set on my phone, I was able to get some sleep between checks on the turkey and after about three hours, my turkey was ready.

Annie’s Christmas Turkey

Next up: Santa! The kids believe there’s Santa but some say that Santa’s Daddy and Mrs. Claus is Mummy. Aunty Patty and I planned to put all the gifts under the tree at midnight. We had spent part of Christmas Eve wrapping gifts and this was the result – a cute tree with so many gifts underneath.

Funny enough, I almost blew our cover when I began to sneeze while laying out the gifts. It must have been because of the pepper in the turkey. I wondered if Santa had ever been caught in the act because he began to sneeze or was just clumsy. Good thing everyone else was deep in sleep following the singing of carols and some Bible reading. All these gifts were opened in the morning before we all got ready for Church. Everyone had at least one gift. That was fantastic! 
The best part about Church today was meeting friends we hadn’t seen in a while and the message – everything about Christmas was a miracle… and with God, even the impossible is possible, so never lose hope. The choir also looked and sounded beautiful.

This Present House – One Music

Back home… with a full house of family and a few friends, we settled to enjoy everything that had been prepared – Jollof rice, fried rice, salad, turkey, chicken, drinks, and so on. We finished off with a movie that was just right for the evening – Cinderella. Turns out the black guy in the movie is of Nigerian descent.
So this is how Christmas went for my family. I hope you had a very merry Christmas too.

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