Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Binti huyo mwenye umri wa miaka 16 alimnyonga mtoto huyo, Seth Steven, jana saa 2.45 usiku na yeye akajinyonga.
Kamanda wa Polisi Mkoani Morogoro,Thobias Andengenye, amesema, mtoto huyo amenyongwa nyumbani kwa, Steven Kapombe, alipokuwa akifanya kazi binti huyo. Kwa mujibu wa Kamanda huyo, msichana aliyemyonga mtoto huyo anaitwa Zaina, na kwamba alikuwa anafanya kazi nyumbani kwa wazazi wa mtoto huyo.
Kwa mujibu wa Andengenye, alitumia kipande cha kanga kumyonga mtoto huyo na alitumia nguo ya aina hiyo kujinyonga. Alisema, chanzo cha mauaji hayo hakijajulikana na kwamba, polisi wanaendelea kuchunguza.
Wakati huo huo, mkazi wa uwanja cha Ndege Manispaa ya Morogoro, Farida Athumani (34), anashikiliwa na polisi mkoani hapa kwa tuhuma za kutaka kujiua. Msichana huyo alikunywa sumu ya panya jana saa 5 asubuhi, na kwamba, mkazi wa eneo hilo, Ahmed Omary (63), alitoa taarifa Polisi.
Andengenye alisema, polisi wanaendelea kuchunguza tukio hilo na kwamba, msichana huyo atafikishwa mahakamani wakati wowote baada ya upelelezi kukamilika.
Source: Habari Leo
Monday, July 26, 2010
I've learned...maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
I've learned...it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
I've learned...there's big difference being a man of GOD and being the friend of GOD.Because everybody is the man/woman of GOD but few are the friends of GOD.
I've learned...you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved; the rest is up to them.
I've learned...it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
I've learned...either you control your attitude or it controls you.
I've learned...it's not WHAT you have in your life but WHO you have in your life that counts.
I've learned...you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you'd better know something.
I've learned...you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if they believed it.
I've learned...you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do.
I've learned...we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
I've learned...heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I've learned...sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.
I've learned...life is the rolling sphere,on the smooth surface it turns evenly in a direction we don't expect it to go,so the poor of today may be your boss for tomorrow.
I've learned...sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
I've learned...true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
I've learned...just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
I've learned...no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
I've learned...it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you are to learn to forgive yourself.
I've learned...no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.
I've learned...our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
I've learned...just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.
I've learned...we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
I've learned...no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.
I've learned...two people can look at the exact same thing and see something different.
I've learned...the more you gossip to others the more other people are gossiping against you.so it is better to be quiete.
I've learned...your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
I've learned...even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.
I've learned...what you tell other people that you are a good person,that does not make you to be good unless you act on your words.
I've learned...the more you hate your enemy the more prosperous he/she becomes, it's better to love your enemy.
I've learned...if someone says something unkind about you, you must live so that no one will believe it.
I've learned...that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her needs to cast blame on others.
I've learned...no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned...making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life".
I've learned...you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
One of these days is Yesterday --
with all its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back Yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone forever.
The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow --
with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and its poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control. Tomorrow's sun will rise, either in splendor or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise. Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is yet to be born.
This leaves only one day, Today.
Any person can fight the battle of just one day. It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities, Yesterday and Tomorrow, that we break down. It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad, it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring.
Therefore, seize Today.Use what you have learned from Yesterday, remember what you hope for Tomorrow, and make Today the best possible day. Today only comes once.
Listen brothers and sisters,Your Yesterday has affected your today either +ve or -ve.And your Tomorrow will be affected by your Today either +ve or -ve.Therefore live Today to make your Tomorrow a better future.
"....We may not know what our future hold but we certainly know who holds our future...." it's JESUS CHRIST.....
Because JESUS lives we know that we can face our future as He holds it.The Bible says "...We are described on the palms of His hands..."....and He says "...For I know the plans I have for you..."
Yesterday is a history
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is gift that's why they call it a present
Praise the LORD....!
"LORDS MANY AND GODS MANY"
There are two other important points that must be mentioned.Jehovah's Witnesses claim that, because the Bible designates some beings and idols as "gods," it is proper for them to call Jesus "a god" and worship him as the angels did (Heb. 1:6). This is an important point and must be clarified.Of course, it is true that God made Moses appear as a god in Pharoah's eyes (Exodus 7:1).
Moreover, Satan, certain of the judges of Israel and pagan idols are described as "gods" in the Bible (John 14:30, Psalms 82:6, 1 Cor. 8:4, 10:19, 2 Cor. 4:4). Nevertheless, they are not deity by nature, as the Apostle Paul flatly states (Gal. 4:8). They are "gods" by angelic or human acclamation, and God addresses them in that context. Worshiping a thing can make it your god; but it is not God by nature - for by nature there is only one God (1 Cor. 8:4-6, 1 Tim. 2:5).
When this cardinal distinction is made in Scripture, the Watchtower's doctrine is refuted, and the problem of the usage of the term "gods" or "a god" disappears.
COMPOSITE UNITY AND THE TRIPLE POINT
The second important fact to be remembered is that of the meaning of the term "one.""How is it possible," say the Jehovah's witnesses, "for Jehovah to be three and one both at the same time? It is illogical, unreasonable and confusing; and God is not the author of confusion!"To answer this all-too-common objection, it should be kept in mind that the word "one" can denote composite as well as solitary unity. For instance, in Genesis (chapter 2), Adam and Eve are called one flesh; and Numbers (chapter 13) speaks of "one" when the context indicates that is was in reality a cluster of grapes hanging from one stem.
Here are bona fide instances of composite unity.The same Hebrew word, "echod" (one) is used in both cases, however, even as it is in Deuteronomy 6:4 where we are told that God is "One." The evident composite unity indicated here is confirmed in the New Testament. Our Lord spoke of composite unity where marriage is concerned (Mk. 10:8); so He, too, was aware of this important distinction. See also Joshua 9:2; Judges 20:1; 2 Chron. 30:12; Isaiah 65:25; Nehemiah 7:66 and Ezra 6:20 for further instances of composite unity.
Finally, let us illustrate how it is both logically and rationally possible for three to be one and one to be three simultaneously, since Jehovah's Witnesses do NOT believe this is possible.It is a well-known fact of chemistry that plain water, when placed in a vacuum under 230 millimeters of gas pressure and at a temperature of 0 degrees Centigrade, solidifies into ice at the bottom of the container, remains liquid in the center and vaporizes at the top! At a given instant the same water is both solid, liquid and gas, yet all three are manifestations of the same basic substance or nature: H2O - hydrogen: two parts; oxygen: one.
If one of the simplest of all created substances can be three in manifested form and yet remain one in nature, then the Creator of that substance can surely be Father, Son and Holy Spirit - three Persons and one Nature - without any violation of logic or reason whatever if He so wills.God is not triples (1+1+1) - He is triune (1x1x1), and He has revealed Himself fully in the Person of our Lord, Jesus Christ (Col. 2:9; John 14:9).Jehovah's Witnesses are not confused by the doctrine of the Trinity they are confused by the Watchtower Society, from whose power only the Son of God can liberate.
It is our prayer that, in His own time, this will come to pass - "for ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free...and if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:32,36).Once the foregoing data have been understood, the following texts from the Old and New Testament confirm the doctrine of the Trinity. A prayerful reading of these passages will help strenghten your faith in this great and truly divine revelation of the Nature of God. It will promote faith in Him "who is able to save to the uttermost all who come to Him by faith," since He alone is "the Way," (Heb. 7:25; John 14:6; Acts 16:31; 1 John 2:2; Romans 10:9-13).
1. THE FATHER IS JEHOVAH
Jehovah's Witnesses are quick to agree with the Apostle Peter that the Father is called Jehovah. Moreover, Peter and many other Biblical writers identify Him as a "person" (2 Peter 1:17). It is therefore unnecessary to press this point, the Witnesses having already conceded it.However, we would point out that the word "person" is, by definition, descriptive of "ego" or "I." Without "ego," which distinguishes man from the beast, personality as such would cease to exist. Any reputable lexicon of Greek dictionary will substantiate the fact that the Greek word "ego," is the basis for our English term, "I." Jehovah designates His Being as The Great I AM (Ex. 3:14): So the Deity is Personal and possesses Ego, the hallmark of Personality.We see, then, that one of the three "Persons" - the Father - is designated "God."
2. THE SON IS JEHOVAHA
careful study of the first chapter of Revelation (vs. 11-18) will show that Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, identifies Himself as "the first and the last" and "the one who became dead" and who now lives for all eternity.It is of no small significance that in verse 13 of the last chapter of Revelation, He confirms this title with great emphasis, identifying Himself in verse 16 as "I Jesus," and declaring that He is "the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." The context reveals that it is Jesus speaking (vs. 12), for He - not the Father - is coming "quickly" (Rev. 1:7; 1 Thess. 4:15,16).It must never be forgotten that these titles ("the first and the last," "the Alpha and the Omega'" "the beginning and the end") belong only to Jehovah God (Isa. 44:6,8; Rev. 1:8, 21:6).
But Jesus Christ claims them as His own, because He, the Son is also Jehovah!We see, then, that there are either two firsts and two lasts (a hopeless contradiction of terms), or the Son is Jehovah, the one who was pierced for our sins (Zech. 12:10; Rev. 1:7,11,13) and who is truly "the fullness of Jehovah in flesh" (Col. 2:9).The angel who showed John the wonder Revelation forbade the Apostle to worship him, for he was but a created being, a "fellow servant." Quite properly, he declared, "worship Jehovah," (Rev. 22:9). Yet Jesus Christ, whom Jehovah's Witnesses say is also a created being (i.e., Michael the Archangel), commended the worship of Himself as Jehovah (John 20:28,29).
This would have been a blasphemous act of presumption on His part and a direct violation of His Father's commandments (Ex. 20:3; Deut. 6:17), unless He were in some mysterious sense on in Nature and Being with His Father. In such a case He would in truth be "equal with God" and entitled to receive worship as Jehovah(John 5:18,23).
Jehovah's Witnesses have always taught that Jesus Christ was no more than a perfect man, "certainly not the supreme God Almighty in the flesh."3 . They state categorically that He was in no sense both God and man. "Some insist that Jesus while on earth was both God and man. This theory is wrong."4. Jehovah's Witnesses also maintain that our Lord was "the first and direct creation of Jehovah God," and that prior to His earthly life He was an angle.
5.In contrast to this teaching, Scripture and the Christian Church declare the full Deity of Jesus Christ, and His equality with God the Father.In the first verse of John's Gospel, Christ is revealed as the eternal Word of God who became flesh (verse 14) - the "image of God" (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Consider the emphasis "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God" John 1:1).Note that John 1:1 states that the Word already was in the beginning - it does not say the Word "became" or "was created" by God, as Jehovah's Witnesses teach. The Witness incorrectly translate this text to read "the Word was a god,"6 but their translation is by both context and grammar an impossibility according to all recognized authorities on Greek. No recognized translation bears out their error.Moreover, the Scriptures proclaim that Christ made "himself equal with God" (John 5:18), and that "in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Deity bodily" (Colossians 2:9). The Bible further states that Christ claimed to be the great I AM (Jehovah) of the Old Testament (cf. Exodus 3:13-16 with John 8:58), and the Jews understood Him so clearly during His ministry that they sought to stone Him to death for blasphemy (John 8:59; cf. 10:28-33).
Jehovah's Witnesses pervert these texts and many others in their determined effort to demote our Lord from His position of God and Creator (Colossians 1; Hebrews 1); and they compound their error by translating the Greek of the New Testament, in many places, contrary to all grammatical authorities. It is certainly true that during His earthly life our Lord voluntarily limited Himself as a man (Philippians 2:6-8), and thus He never strove to usurp the prerogatives of Deity; But one does not have to "rob" what is His by inheritance (Hebrews 1). He was true Deity - "the great God" (Titus 2:13).We must not forget that Christ humbled Himself, even to the death of the cross, and therefore, as a man, could say, "My Father is greater than I" (John 14:28). However, let us remember that Christ never said, "My Father is better than I." "Better" is a term of comparison between natures (Heb 1:4), while "greater," as in the context of John 14, is a term of comparison relative to positions.
The President of the United States, for instance, is greater in position than any of his fellow-Americans by virtue of his office, but he would be the first to insist that he is not better than other human beings. So Christ was admittedly inferior to His Father positionally while on earth as a man, but the Scriptures clearly and unmistakably state that he was at all times His Father's equal on the spiritual plane of Divine Being or Nature (Heb. 1:3; John 5:18).
Note also that in 1 Corinthians 15:28 it is function that is dealt with - not Deity.Jehovah's Witnesses always point to Christ's humanity in the Bible; they carefully omit mention of His claim to full Deity, and they thus "wrest...the...scriptures, unto their own destruction" (2 Peter 3:16). the second Person, the Son, is also called God, then, despite the efforts of the Watchtower to prove the contrary.
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS JEHOVAH
It is peculiar, to say the least, that Jehovah's Witnesses can agree with the Apostle Peter when he declared that the Father is Jehovah - and then contradict his affirmation that the Holy Spirit is likewise Jehovah, as recorded in Acts 5:3 and 4.No Christian theologian has ever denied either the Person or Deity of the Holy Spirit, for the evidence to substantiate both is abundant in Scripture. For instance, a thorough study of the book of Acts, chapter thirteen, reveals that the Holy Spirit is a Person, because He possesses "ego." Luke records therin that the Holy Spirit as a Person has "ego" (13:2,4) and, furthermore, that He (not "it") prophesies to His servants and commissions them, as well (21:11). See also such verses as John 14:26, 15:26, Acts 8:29, 13:2, and Romans 5:5.The Scriptures are clear that the Holy Spirit has a "will" (1 Cor. 12:11; Heb. 2:4), and since "will" denotes "ego" or personality, as opposed to the neuter (animals), obviously the Spirit is a person. We have also seen from Peter's words that when Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit, he lied to Jehovah (Acts 5:4).
Both the thirteenth chapter of Acts and Isaiah 48 add to the proof that the Holy Spirit is God, since He answers the prayers of the Apostles (Acts 13:1-4) and is designated Deity by the prophet Isaiah (48:16). Even the Watchtower admits that God alone answers prayer.The Bible, then, does indeed teach that the Spirit is a Person and that He is called God. It is therefore apparent that there are three Persons mentioned in Scripture and that they are all identified as God: Yet there is only one true God (Isa. 45:22).
THE HOLY TRINITY
Definition: Within the unity of the One God there are three Persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and these three share the same Nature and attributes. In effect, the three Persons ARE the one God.From this concise statement, similarly set forth in many theological texts,2 it is clear that the Christian Church does not believe that "there are three gods in One." Quite to the contrary, we affirm that there is but one God, as Scripture repeatedly asserts (Deut. 6:4, Isa. 43:10, 1 Tim 2:5).Having defined the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, it becomes necessary, secondly, to demonstrate inductively from the Bible that it is true.To accomplish this, we begin with one basic premise: If it can be shown from Scripture that there are three persons, all of whom are called Jehovah (God), then, since there is only one Jehovah (Isa. 44:6, 48:12), those three Persons are the one God. Things equal to the same thing are equal to each other.Just how it is possible for three to be One and for that One to be three, will also be explained. But first, the evidence:
The doctrine of the Holy Trinity has been consistently misunderstood, probably more than any other teaching of the Bible. Frequently investigation into the doctrine of the Trinity has been dismissed from serious discussion or study by invoking the time-worn assertions - "It's a great mystery" or "This is incomprehensible" - thus discouraging many from investigating the scriptural basis of the doctrine.
Due principally to this attitude as well as certain complex aspects of the Trinity doctrine itself, there has been a revival of anti-Trinitarian heresies during the past one hundred and fifty years, and they have gone largely unanswered. Prominent among those groups rejecting the historic doctrine of the Trinity are Mormonism, Christian Science, Unity, Spiritism, Herbert W. Armstrong and his Radio Church of God and Jehovah's Witnesses - i.e., The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
According the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Trinity is a Satanic dogma of apostate Christianity that prevents people from knowing the true God, Jehovah. The Watchtower puts it this way: The doctrine in brief is that there are three gods in one: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost...the Holy Spirit is not a person and is therefore not one of the gods of the Trinity...the Trinity doctrine was not conceived by Jesus or the early Christians...the obvious conclusion therefore is that Satan is the originator of the Trinity doctrine.
1. Since the Watchtower denies that the Trinity doctrine is Biblical; and since they complicate the issue by defining it incorrectly - the task of true Christians is two fold: First, a definition in accord with historic Christianity must be given. Secondly, it must be shown that the doctrine of the Trinity is both Biblical and essential to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Two recent reports are likely to tarnish the image of the flourishing tourism sector among the humanitarian and philanthropy travelers who are mostly looking at local Tanzanians as key stakeholders of the country’s tourism industry.
In the first incident, a local wildlife conservationist, Mr. David Maige, had complained to Tanzania’s tourism minister of being barred from entering a tourist hotel located on the rim of the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania, overlooking Lake Manyara National Park, which is famous in Africa for its rare tree-climbing lions.
The hotel, once owned by the Tanzanian government before getting into the hands of foreign investors, is said to have laid down entry restrictions to local Tanzanians, similar to the once devilish apartheid policy in South Africa which Tanzanians fought to the last end.
The conservationist, who had complained to Tanzanian Tourism Minister Shamsa Mwangunga of being denied entry and services in the hotel on racial basis, said locals visiting the hotel as domestic tourists were discriminated by the orders of the hotel management.
Maige said the hotel management denied him entry when he took his family there for a holiday. According to him, he was told that the hotel was a “no-go zone for natives, but the preserve of foreigners and members of the power elite.”
”We are not allowed to approach the facility, let alone getting in and being served,” Maige was quoted saying.
Responding to complaints aired before her, the minister said discrimination against locals was not only a dangerous move likely to derail her ministry’s efforts to promote domestic tourism, but it also contravenes the laws of the land.
The minister then issued a one-week ultimatum for the management to revoke the policy and to give her a feedback.
The incident is the second known racism case to be reported by the Tanzanian media. Past media reports said that former Tanzanian Tourism Minister Zakia Meghji once observed racial discrimination in a beach resort in Zanzibar, her birthplace. Best known for her great efforts to attract foreign investors in lucrative tourist sector, she solved the problem softly.
Apartheid style of discrimination towards locals has been reported in various tourist hotels, mostly those owned by foreign investors inside wildlife parks.
Tanzania had condemned and shunned down racism and tribalism to become the only African country where people of all races live and respect each other, the situation which had made this African destination a peaceful state conducive for tourism investments.
Under the same culture and a common Kiswahili language, Tanzania with a population of 36 million people, is a united country where people from one corner of the country move freely to another corner to settle or doing business with confidence and common understanding.
Meanwhile, the International Labor Organization (ILO), in its critical report, said that working conditions of staff employed in Tanzania’s tourist sector was “very pathetic.” ILO is claiming that more than 60 percent do not get their annual leave and over half of those employed in the hospitality industry work more than 50 hours a week.
The report also highlighted that nearly 20 percent of Tanzanian employees experience physical violence in their workplace, while some 17 percent complain about abuse and harassment.
The report was launched by the regional director of the ILO for Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Somalia at the beginning of a workshop in Dar es Salaam last week. It was designed to find ways and means to improve working conditions in this and other sectors.
Tanzanian Tourism Minister Zakia Meghji welcomed the findings and stated that government would look into the complaints raised and highlighted in the report, with the objective of improving the circumstances for workers in the hospitality industry.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
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Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
mafundisho na injili ya mafanikio (najua kuna watu hawapendi hili neno la injili ya mafanikio but kwa leo naomba mvumilie maana hata Yesu alitumia muda mwingi kuhubiri injili ya mafanikio...) zimewasaidia wapentekoste wengi hasa kuanzia miaka ya mwanzo ya 90 na kuendelea , kwani wengi wameamka kiuchuni na kufanikiwa kwa kuwa wamekuwa wakiyatendea kazi mafundisho ya Yesu Kristo , mwokozi wa ulimwengu.
Tukiachilia mbali tofauti zetu za kimafundisho na kitheolojia baina ya makanisa ya kipentekoste , hakuna ubishi kuwa kuna watumishi ambao ni mfano wa kuigwa kwa kazi zao njema hasa katika jamii yetu.Wachache kati ya hao ni hawa hapa:-
Mtume & Nabii Josephat Mwingira-Efatha Ministry (Efetha Bank-first pentecostal bank in tanzania,Trenet TV station,large agricultural plantaions)
Mchunga Dr. Getrude Rwakatare-Mikocheni B Assemblies (St. Marry's International Schools and Colleges-first pentecostal highly reputable for middle & high class education systems in Tanzania, Praise Power FM-Radio Station,first pentecostal pastor to be elected as Member of Parliament)
Askofu Sylvester Gamanywa-WAPO Mission (First Pentecostal News Paper in Tanzania,First Pentecostal wide spread FM Radio in Tanzania,Most reputable pentecostal pastor by the government)
Mtume Fernandes-World Agape Ministries (First Pentecostal TV Station in Tanzania-has many viewers accross Africa)
Bishop David Oyedepo President and Founder of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, aka Winners Chapel
Other assets of the church include two aircraft (Gulfstream 1 & Gulfstream 4) and a fleet of over 400 buses that convey worshipers to and from Faith-Tabernacle, Canaanland. Plans are in the making to purchase a third aircraft for use by the vice president, Bishop David Abioye.
The Church also owns Dominion Publishing House, which turns out books and other materials written by Oyedepo. An arm of the Ministry World Mission Agency(WMA) provides welfare and other health and humanitarian services to the needy in the society.
The Sunday tithes collection in the church averages 30 million Naira per week (approximately 300,000 dollars), this amount excludes offerings and other levies, franchises including literatures.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
By 1971, he had established churches all over Nigeria and Ghana. Known for his boldness, power and prosperity-based preaching, as well as an enormous faith in the supernatural, he was instrumental to the strong wave of revival in Christianity and marked conversions from animism that occurred between the 1970s and 1990s in Nigeria. He is regarded by Christians foes as the father of Pentecostalism in Nigeria, and was the founding President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN). Many prominent Nigerian pastors like Ayo Oritsejafor (Current PFN President), Felix Omobude, Fred Addo and Chris Oyakhilome were his proteges.
He is reported to have performed so many miracles, including healing the blind, and raising up to twenty-eight people from the dead at different times in his ministry.
He was known for many notable quotes including "my God is not a poor God", "your attitude determines your altitude", "it is more risky, not to take a risk", "I am a possibilitarian", "If your faith says yes, God cannot say no", amongst others. Many of his messages on faith, miracles and prosperity remain a classic among Pentecostals.
He had strong links with international gospel ministers like Billy Graham, T.L. Osborn, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Reinhard Bonnke, Morris Cerullo, Oral Roberts, amongst others; and took the gospel to 143 nations in his lifetime (1). At the time of his death in 1998, he was reputed as having preached to more whites than any black man, and to more blacks than any white man.
His desire to meet the needs of the total man led him to establish several other arms of the ministry apart from the church. They include the Faith Mediplex, All Nations for Christ Bible Institute, Word of Faith Group of Schools and Benson Idahosa University which is currently under the leadership of his son, Rev. FEB Idahosa. His wife, Margaret Idahosa is the current presiding bishop of the church.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Viongozi hao waliwasihi Waislaam kote nchini, wasiwe na wasi wasi.Hata hivyo juzi Baraza Kuu la Jumuiya na Taasisi za Kiislaam (T) na Shura ya Maimamu, yalisema kupitia katika tamko yao kwamba hawataikubali mahakama itakayoundwa, ikiwa haitatambuliwa kikatiba na kutengewa bajeti na serikali.Kufuatia kauli hizo na ile ya Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) kilichoweka bayana kwamba haitaiingiza tena hoja ya Mahakama ya Kadhi katika ilani yake ya uchaguzi wa mwaka 2010/15, jopo la masheikh lilitisha kikao cha siku mbili chini ya Mufti Simba, kujadili ripoti ya kwanza ya mapendekezo ya mfumo na uendeshaji wa mahakama hiyo.Kikao hicho kilichoanza Julai 3 na kumalizika Julai 4 mwaka huu, kilijadili kipengele kwa kipengele ripoti hiyo na kugundua kuwa ilikuwa na mapungufu makubwa kuhusu mambo muhimu ya mahakama hiyo inayoliliwa na Waislaam kwa miaka 20 sasa.Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari Katika Makao Makuu ya Bakwata jijini Dar es Salaam jana, mufti Simba, alisema jopo limebaini kuwa, kuna mambo muhimu yanayohitaji kujadiliwa tena kati ya serikali na Waislamu."Jopo limekaa na kujadili kipengele kwa kipengele na kuona kwamba bodo kuna mambo muhimu ambayo yanahitaji kukaa tena na serikali ili kufikia mwafaka," alisema mufti Simba.Mufti Simba alisema mambo hayo yanahusu mfumo wa uendeshwaji wa mahakama na kwamba , jopo halikukubaliana na mfumo uliopendekezwa katika ripoti hiyo."Kwanza ni vipi mahakama ya kadhi itakuwa na uwezo wa kisheria na kikatiba wa kutoa maamuzi yake, pili ni vipi mahakama itaingizwa katika mfumo wa mahakama uliopo nchini na namna ya kugharamia uendeshwaji wake,"alisema mufti Simba.Hata hivyo Mufti Simba ambaye ni msemaji wa jopo hilo la kufuatilia mchakato wa urejeshwaji wa Mahakama ya Kadhi Tanzania bara, aliwataka Waislaam na watu wa madhehebu mengine nchini,kuwa watulivu."Tunaomba Waislaam na wananchi wote kwa jumla kuwa, watulivu kwa kuwa jambo hili ni zito na linahitaji umakini wa hali ya juu katika kufikia mwafaka," alisema.Alisema jopo limepokea mapendekezo yaliyofikiwa kati ya Sekretarieti ya Serikali na Waislaam, kuhusu namna ya kuunda na kuendesha mahakama hiyo. .Alisema kikao hicho kimepata mahudhurio mazuri kwa kuhudhuriwa na wajumbe wote 25 kutoka taasisi na madhehebu mbalimbali ya kiislaam pamoja na wanasheria (mawakili).Aliwataja wajumbe kuwa ni, masheikh Issa bin Shaaban Simba (Mwenyekiti), Salum Hassan Fereji (Bakwata), Ally Muhidini Mkoyogore (Bakwata), Ismail Makusanya (Bakwata), Shaban Rashid (Bakwata), Abdillahi Mnyasi (Bakwata) na Abubakar Zubeir (Salafia).Wengine ni masheikh Hamid Jongo (Bakwata), Alhad Mussa Salum (Bakwata), Muhammed Jalal Sharif (Daawatil Islaamiyya), Ramadhan Lakha (Sunni), Mussa Kundecha (Baraza Kuu), Suleiman Kilemile (Masjid Thaqafa), Muharrami Dogga (Alharamain) na Twaha Selemani Bane (Alharamain).Masheikh wengine ni, Juma Omar Porri (Answar Sunna), Abdallah Bawazir (Qiblatain), Twalib Ahmad Abdallah (Masjid Maamur), Abdallah Ndauga (I.I.R.O), Said el-Maamriy (wakili), Issa Maige (wakili), Yahya Njama (wakili), Mohammed Khamis Said (Bakwata), Abdallah Matumla (Mwanasheria Bakwata) na Suleiman Lolila (Bakwata).Hata hivyo Mufti Simba alisema hana uhakika kama serikali itaendelea kulitekeleza la mahakama ya kadhi baada ya uchaguzi iwapo halikumalizika kwa sasa.
Sunday, July 4, 2010
EMMANUEL TV: We’re here in Athens, Greece, right by the rock where Paul preached to the people of Athens in Acts 17 and we have the wonderful privilege to have with us world renowned healing evangelist, Pastor Benny Hinn with us. It’s a great honour to have you on the program, sir. We’d like to welcome you to the program first of all.
BENNY HINN: Thank you very much. I’m Benny Hinn and I’m glad to be talking to you.
EMMANUEL TV: We see in the Bible that great men have great habits. We can see the habits that people like Daniel had, praying everyday facing Jerusalem, or the Psalmist, praying 7 times a day or in the morning and evening. Great men have great habits. What are some of the habits that you have that have helped you in your ministry, sir?
BENNY HINN: Well, I would say the first that the Lord developed in me is reading His Word daily. I feel it’s so important that the Scriptures be a part of our daily life rather than every so often. So, I do not read the Bible to preach it; I read the Bible so I can be fed personally. So, I would tell every Christian, make the Bible a part of your daily life. Don’t just put the Bible on a shelf. Let the Bible live in you and that is really the greatest secret I can talk about.
EMMANUEL TV: Yes, it’s true. Using the Word of God in our daily lives is the secret of faith. From the Bible we can see that anything close to Jesus receives attack.
BENNY HINN: Well, yes. Persecution is a part of our life. Jesus said that we will have it. All that live godly will suffer persecution, Paul wrote. So, that’s not something to be kind of wondering, why? Last night one of the pastors was asking me about how I handle this. I said, well, I’ll tell you honestly, I said, if I’m not persecuted, I think something is wrong. Because the devil does not fight those who are for him, he only fights those who are against him. If we oppose him, then we’ll be attacked. So, I rejoice by the fact that people attack and persecute someone like me. In fact, it’s one of those things I thank God for, believe it or not. I really do. So, persecution is a part of the Christian walk but what I said earlier, the Holy Spirit is the key to our survival and so, when we know Him as a person - this is the greatest thing I can tell you, precious people of God, when we know Him as a real person. I mean, your name is David, right? When I look at David, I don’t see an IT, I see a person. I talk to him and I listen to him. He listens to me. Personality is important. You’re not a spirit and you’re not a body. You’re more than that. You’re a person. Even though you are a spirit, even though I’m looking at a body – because that’s all we can see in the natural. Only God sees the real person on the inside but I’m talking to a person and I’m enjoying listening to what you have to ask me. Well, the same thing. The Holy Spirit is a person.
EMMANUEL TV: Joseph, on his journey to the throne in God’s promise for him, he encountered many trials, being unjustly imprisoned and such. What advice can you give to our viewers who, on their journey to God’s promise, are encountering trials of different kinds? What advice can you give to them?
BENNY HINN: Well, trials make us strong. Trials don’t weaken us if we know how to handle them. Look, I can tell you this, I have been through more trouble than I think most people alive. I’ve had enough trouble to live 10 lives. So, you talk about trials, you are talking to the right person. I’m still going through them. I’ll continue to go through them as long as I live and serve the Lord. How do you handle them? Okay, that’s a great question. Number one, you must see Jesus. If you don’t, you will lose. If Jesus is not our focus, if He’s not the One who we see daily, the Bible says, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. I’ve discovered one thing, that the person of Christ, the person of Jesus, His very presence, is the key to strength. Remember what it says in Isaiah. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. But then it says something amazing. It says, they shall mount up with wings as eagles. In other words, we become discerning to the winds of the Spirit. Like the eagle doesn’t take off, it doesn’t soar, until it discerns the current of the winds before it takes off. But then it says, they shall run and not be weary, walk and not faint. In other words, we’re going to catch up to where God wants us and then there’ll be fellowship with Him. So, there’s 4 keys to walking with the Lord – but the key, the real thing we have to do is seek Jesus. So, you’re telling me what do I do in my trials? Well, there’s only two things to do – run to the Lord or from the Lord. If you run away from Jesus, you’re in trouble. It’s foolish. If you run to Jesus, you become stronger because He is our place of safety. There is no place to go to. I mean, look, I’ve had trials. Believe me when I tell you, I’ve almost given up and I don’t want to scare anybody when I say something like this. If the Lord showed me the trials I would go through, I would have said, Lord thank You, let somebody else do this job. Because serving God is a battle. I mean, everything in this life is a war. We don’t realize that the anointing is for war – it’s not for picnics. When God anointed David, the first thing he did was fight Goliath and then God anoints him again when he became king in Hebron and he fights the house of Saul. Then God anoints him again and he fights the Jebusites. He was always fighting. Well, the early church is the same. The power came and they were opposed by the Pharisees. So, but it’s something that’s very important that I have discovered. We must come to know the person and I mean the substance, of Christ Jesus. We can’t just say, well, I know the Lord from a distance. That’s impossible. You cannot know him from a distance, you’ll not survive. Trials come to all of us but Jesus is our protection. He keeps us going. Yeah sure, there’ve been times I’ve said, Lord, I don’t know if I can make it. I don’t know if I can handle it. But I have found Him to be very strong, stronger than anything you can imagine. His strength is eternal. There is no limit to the Lord’s strength. So, whatever big, big massive trial or whatever you want to talk about, it’s nothing to God. We go there and bam – like that, everything’s fixed. So that’s the secret. Jesus is the secret to your strength – it’s that simple.
EMMANUEL TV: His strength is manifest in our weakness, just like Apostle Paul preached.
BENNY HINN: Brother, you have it right there.
EMMANUEL TV: It’s wonderful just to share with you, Benny, the sweet story of our Lord Jesus Christ.
BENNY HINN: Can we pray, of course. Dear Jesus, Lord I pray with David for the people watching from this holy location in Athens. Precious Lord, I pray that every one of them will be strengthened in You, every one of them will live for You, knowing Your Spirit’s presence. I pray that every one of them will be strong in the Lord and in Your mighty power. Precious Lord, I pray every one of them will stand before You on that day, hearing Your Words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”. So, I pray, keep us all in Your loving care. Your Word says, “Now, unto Him that’s able to keep us from falling and present us to the throne with joy, blameless with joy, to the only wise God, be glory. Thank you for Your power and Your dear presence, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
BENNY HINN: Well, God bless you. I really enjoyed this and I must say, I did watch your network and I’m going to tell all of you precious saints support this great outreach to the world because without Christian television, we cannot plough the land, nor sow seed, nor reap the harvest. Christian television is God’s tool for evangelism today. So, keep it strong. Today, if Paul the Apostle was alive, who preached right here, if Paul was alive, he would use every means possible to get the Gospel to the nations. But Christian television cannot survive without your support. Through a Christian network, like Emmanuel, this network cannot be selling products like you see secular networks. They sell something to you every few minutes. We cannot do that. That’s why a Christian ministry is dependent on gifts and donations. It must come from your heart. And not only are you being used of God, remember something, your money is a weapon in the hands of the Lord against the devil. When you support Christian TV, God uses that money for the Gospel and the devil’s power is broken in people’s lives. Keep supporting this network. I’m telling you, I’ve watched it in California. I saw that dear man, that pastor in Africa who has this massive building, Pastor Joshua. And I was so amazed to see this amazing man of God. But you know, the thing is this, it’s because of Christian television that he and others and myself are able to preach the Gospel to the world. The Gospel is the only answer to this world’s troubles. There’s no political solution. There’s no financial solution. It’s a spiritual solution and Jesus is the answer to the world’s needs and His Gospel must be preached. Paul said, “Necessity is laid upon me” and necessity is laid on us. Let me just finish by saying one thing – it cost God nothing to create the world. It cost Him nothing to create man. It cost Him everything to save one soul. Think about it. It cost Him nothing to create this beautiful world. It cost Him nothing to create man. I think God was having a marvellous time when He was creating man. It cost Him everything to save one life. It cost Him His own blood to save.
BENNY HINN: Keep watching Emmanuel TV and support Emmanuel TV. So, send in your donations and gifts to this great network and watch what God will do for you. Keep watching Emmanuel TV and support Emmanuel TV and God bless all of you. Thank you.
BENNY HINN MESSAGE TO TB JOSHUA: Pastor, keep up the good work and preach the Gospel like you do so powerfully and teach God’s precious Word and I would love to someday meet you and fellowship with you. You know, we men of God need to come together and I would most certainly accept an invitation from Pastor Joshua to come to Nigeria. I’ve been to that country of course a number of times when I used to come preach for Benson Idahosa and I’ve preached for other great men of course and we’ve had our own crusade there in Lagos but with pleasure, of course. Thank you, thank you. I pray the Lord will keep using you and blessing you, dear Pastor Joshua and may the Lord anoint you BIG TIME in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Tamko hili linakuja siku chache baada ya waumini wa waislam nchini kuijia juu CCM kwa madai kuwa imewasaliti kwa kukiuka ahadi yake kupitia Ilani ya Uchaguzi mwaka 2005, kuhusu uanzishwaji wa Mahakama ya Kadhi nchini.
Akizungumza na waandishi wa habari Dar es Salaam jana, Shekhe Mkuu wa BAKWATA, Mufti Shaban bin Simba, alisema kimsingi suala la uanzishwaji Mahakama ya Kadhi halina mgogoro tena kwa kuwa tayari serikali imekwisha likubali na uanzishwaji wake uko mbioni kutekelezwa.
Mufti Simba, alisema hatua iliyofikiwa kati ya BAKWATA na Serikali juu ya Mahakama ya Kadhi ni yakuridhisha hivyo kuwataka wananchi pamoja na waislamu wote nchini kuwa na subira na kutawala jazba zao ili kuruhusu kamati iliyoundwa kushughulikia suala hilo, kufanya kazi yake.
"Tayari kamati ya uundwaji wa Mahakama ya Kazi imekwishaanza kufanya kazi, kwa sasa mazungumzo kati ya wanasheria wa serikali na wanasharia wa Kiislamu pamoja Kamati ya Mashekhe kutoka BAKWATA yanaendelea, hoja si kuomba ruhusa ya kuanzisha Mahakama, hoja yao ni namna gani ianzishwe mahakama hiyo," alisema Mufti Simba.
Alisema serikali ya CCM haipaswi kulaumiwa kwa kuwa ilikwisha likubali suala la kuwepo Mahakama ya Kadhi, hivyo hoja kuwa serikali imewasaliti si za kweli, na kuwa maneno hayo yanasemwa na watu ambao hawajaielewa vizuri hoja hiyo kama ilivyofafanuliwa na Makamu Mwenyekiti wa CCM Bara, Bw. Pius Msekwa.
Aidha, Mufti Simba alisema kutoingizwa kwa suala la Mahakama ya Kadhi katika Ilani ya CCM 2010 - 2015 si tafsiri ya kuwa CCM imelipuuza jambo hilo, bali ni utaratibu wa kuruhusu chama kushughulikia mambo mengine baada ya kumaliza hilo.
"Ninachokijua mimi, CCM haikuwa na haja ya kurudisha suala la Mahakama ya Kadhi katika ilani yake wakati wa uchaguzi ujao, yako mambo mengi yanayopaswa kushughulikiwa na serikali si hili tu, kwa kuwa imekwishalimaliza na kuruhusu tuendelee hakuna haja ya kuliweka katika ilani yake tena," alisema.
Alisema tayari ripoti ya awali ya mchakato wa uanzishwaji Mahakama hiyo imekwishafikishwa mezani kwake na kuwa ameandaa mkutano wa mapitio ya yale yaliyopendekezwa na kuyafanyia marekebisho kitakachofanyika Julai,3 na 4 mwaka huu na kutoa taarifa ya maendeleo ya suala hilo.
Tayari CCM imekwisha tanganza kulipatia ufumbuzi suala hilo baada ya kupokea ushauri kutoka Tume ya Kurekebisha Sheria, uliotaka suala hilo kuachwa mikononi mwa waumini wa dini ya kiislamu waanzishe kwa misingi ya dini hiyo na si katika mfumo wa mahakama za kawaida.