Read the reason why this Pastor sets many Bibles on fire

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Tons of Holy Bibles to be set on fire

– A man of God has shocked many after he burned thousands of bibles on Easter Monday

– The pastor claimed the bibles were ‘misleading’ his congregation as they have been heavily edited

His is an action that has been heavily condemned by fellow Christians, some who even claim he might face punishment from God.

Pator Aloysius Bugingo has left tongues wagging after he ordered his church members to collect thousands of bibles which he later burned.

The House of Prayer ministries leader claimed the various versions of the bible had been heavily edited thus were ‘misleading’ his congregation.

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Pastor Bugingo

The Uganda based clergyman’s church is attended mostly by Makerere University students and the congregation number at about 6,000 people.

Apart from the King James Version, the pastor who also owns Salt FM and TV set on fire other versions including the New Testament and the Good News Bible which he said have omitted some verses.

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Tons of Bibles on fire

Thousand of bibles go up in flames after Bugingo set them on fire.

Some of the lines that have been tampered with in the translations according to Bugingo are those which talk about fasting and the Lent period.

Some of the bible versions that were burned included the King James Bible, Good News Bible and New Testament translation.

He also claimed the King James Bible version contained the word ‘Holy Ghost’ more times than it did the word ‘Holy Spirit’.

Russian court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremist

 Russia’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah’s Witnesses were an “extremist” organization and must disband and hand over all property to the state, local media said.

The religious grouping confirmed the ruling about its “liquidation” in Russia.

“We are greatly disappointed by this development and deeply concerned about how this will affect our religious activity,” Yaroslav Sivulskiy, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, said in emailed comments.

“We will appeal this decision, and we hope that our legal rights and protections as a peaceful religious group will be fully restored as soon as possible.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia have 30 days to submit their appeal for consideration by a three-person panel.

Religious life in Russia is dominated by the Orthodox Church, which exerts considerable political influence and enjoys the support of President Vladimir Putin. Some Orthodox scholars view Jehovah’s Witnesses as a ‘totalitarian sect’.

Interfax news agency quoted Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah’s Witnesses representative, as saying that the group will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

“We will do everything possible,” he said.

Russian authorities have put several of the group’s publications on a list of banned extremist literature and prosecutors have long cast it as an organization that destroys families, fosters hatred and threatens lives.

The group, a United States-based Christian denomination known for its door-to-door preaching and rejection of military service and blood transfusions, says this description is false.

The religious organization has expanded around the world and has about eight million active followers. It has faced court proceedings in several countries, mostly over its pacifism and rejection of blood transfusions, but Russia has been most outspoken in portraying it as an extremist cult.

The ruling was issued after the justice ministry applied for an order to shut down the group’s national headquarters near St Petersburg.

Its Russian branch, based near St Petersburg, has said a ban would directly affect around 400 of its groups and have an impact on all of its 2,277 religious groups in Russia, where it says it has 175,000 followers.

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The 90th yr old retired Pope drinks beer on his birthday pics

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Benedict XVI received a surprise from his homeland for his 90th birthday. He was visited by the Bavarian prime minister who brought him a basket of bretzels, the typical bread from Germany.

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Bavarian Prime minister left, Pope, his 93yr old brother left 

In addition to the sweets, the pope enjoyed a few minutes at the entrance of his house with music, dances and typical costumes reminding him of back home.

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Branded beer with Pope’s pictures

As every good German party, he could not miss the toast with his beer in hand.

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BENEDICT XVI says

“The nature in Bavaria is beautiful; but it is especially beautiful because of the church towers, because of the houses and their balconies full of flowers, and because of the good people. It is beautiful, because God is known there. It is known that He has created the world, which comes to fruition when we cooperate with God to build it. I thank you with all my heart for this Bavarian presence, which you bring to me. It is a Bavaria that is open to the world, which is lively and joyful. It can be precisely this way, because it has its root and foundation in faith.”

Of course, Benedict said the best gift was to spend the day with his brother Georg, 93, who came from Regensburg to be with him.

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My Haters Are My Advertisers” – T.B Joshua Reveals His Church Secret 

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Lagos clergyman and SCOAN General Overseer, Prophet T.B Joshua, said those who hate on him are his advertisers.

According to him, those his haters who go about describing him as a devil and speaking ill about his church are only helping to advertise him.

“God has given us adverts. Every living ministry has free adverts. What you say about me is an advert to me. If you leave here today and tomorrow, go to town and say,

‘That man is a devil, not a man of God’ – you are advertising me! ‘Don’t go there; they used to tie people down. It’s a bad Church. You are indirectly advertising me because the people you are telling will want to confirm whether truly they tie people down. By the time they come and find people are not tied down, they become members! So, I have been using this advert for many years but people don’t know. This is why I don’t have a signpost. This is the advert God has given me for the past 30 years. God said, ‘Don’t have any signboard – God will advertise your ministry to the world free of charge.’ Thank you for your advert! Let people advertise you. Don’t fight. If truly you are genuine, whatever people say about you – whether they condemn you, spoil your name or praise you – it is for your good. Don’t fight; take it easy. What people say about your business, family and life out there – they are for your good. If truly you are sent by God, it will turn around to favour you!”he said

10 Reasons To Accept The Resurrection Of Jesus As An Historical Fact –

By Brian Chilton

When I left the ministry due to my skepticism, one of the factors involved in my departure concerned the reliability of the New Testament documents and the resurrection of Jesus. The folks from the Jesus Seminar had me second-guessing whether I could trust what the New Testament said and if I could truly accept the literal bodily resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. In July of 2005, my life changed. I entered the Lifeway Christian Bookstore in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and read three books that changed my life more than any other book outside the Bible. I discovered Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ, Josh McDowell’s The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and McDowell’s A Ready Defense. I discovered that there are many reasons for accepting the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth as a historical fact.

Resurrection Jesus History

Through the years, the evidence has increasingly mounted for the historicity of Jesus’s resurrection. This article will provide 10 of the most fascinating arguments for the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. This list is not exhaustive and my dealings with each argument is extremely brief. Nevertheless, I hope this list will provide a starting point for you to consider the authenticity of Jesus’s resurrection.

The First Eyewitnesses were Women. The first eyewitnesses of the resurrection were women. All the Gospels note that the first individuals to discover the tomb empty were women. Matthew notes that “After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb…The angel told the women, ‘Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here. For he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the play where he lay” (Matthew 28:1, 5-6).[1] Women were not held in high esteem. In Greco-Roman culture, a woman’s testimony was not admissible in court. In Jewish circles, it took the testimony of two women to equate that of one man. If one were to invent a story, the last people one would place as the first witnesses would have been women, unless it were otherwise true.

Minimal Facts Concerning the Resurrection. Gary Habermas has popularized the so-called minimal facts argument for the resurrection. The minimal facts are those things that are accepted by nearly all New Testament scholars. The minimal facts are “1. Jesus died by crucifixion. 2. Jesus’ disciples believed that he rose and appeared to them. 3. The church persecutor Paul was suddenly changed. 4. The skeptic James, brother of Jesus, was suddenly changed. 5. The tomb was empty.” [2] These facts are nearly universally accepted by New Testament scholars, including liberals.

Transformation of the Early Disciples. As noted in the minimal facts, James, the brother of Jesus, was changed from a skeptic to a believer because of the resurrection. James along with his brothers did not believe in Jesus during Jesus’s early ministry (see John 7:5). However, Jesus appeared to James (1 Corinthians 15:3-9) and James became a leader in the early Jerusalem church. His death is recorded by Josephus.[3] Paul is another example of one who was completely transformed by the resurrection of Jesus. Paul had been a persecutor of the church. After witnessing the risen Jesus, Paul became a proclaimer for the church.

Embarrassing Details of the Resurrection. Historically speaking, embarrassing details add veracity to a historical claim. The fact that women were the first witnesses, that a member of the Sanhedrin (the same Sanhedrin that executed Jesus) had to give Jesus a proper burial, and that the disciples were fearful and fled all serve as embarrassing factors for the resurrection account.

Willingness to Die for What Was Known. Many people will die for what they believe to be true. But no one will die for something they erroneously invented. The disciples knew if they were telling the truth. Yet, one finds that the disciples were willing to die for what they knew to be true. Stephen died by stoning (Acts 7:54-60), James of Zebedee died by the sword at the hands of Herod (Acts 12:2), James the brother of Jesus died,[4] and Peter and Paul died at the hands of Nero.[5]

Documentary Evidence. The documentary evidence for the resurrection of Jesus is quite good. The historian seeks to find how many primary and secondary sources[6] can be gathered for an event to determine the event’s historicity. Concerning primary sources, the resurrection has Matthew’s account, John’s account, and Paul’s account in 1 Corinthians 15, including the additional references by James (if one accepts that James wrote the letter attributed to him) and Jude. The following are secondary sources for the resurrection: Luke, Mark, Clement of Rome, and to a lesser degree Ignatius and Irenaeus.

Circumstantial Evidence. Douglas Groothius notes that circumstantial evidence for the historicity of the resurrection is “namely, the practice of the early church in observing baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and Sunday worship.”[7] Baptism is based upon the analogy of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection. The Lord’s Supper is a symbol of Christ’s sacrificial death. In addition, it is quite odd that faithful Jews would move their worship from a Friday evening into Saturday to a Sunday morning unless something major had occurred on a Sunday morning. The major Sunday morning event was Jesus’s resurrection.

The Missing Motive. J. Warner Wallace has noted in his lectures and books that when a conspiracy is formed, three motivating factors are behinds such a move—power, greed, and/or lust.[8] The disciples would hold no power behind claiming the resurrection as history. They were running around while often being threatened by the Jewish and Roman authorities. As far as greed, they taught that one should not desire earthly possessions, but spiritual ones. Lust was not a factor, either. They taught celibacy before marriage and marital fidelity after marriage. In fact, N. T. Wright notes in his classic book, The Resurrection of the Son of God, that the disciples had no theological motivation behind claiming that Jesus had risen from the dead as they were anticipating a military hero and a final resurrection at the end of time. What motivating factors existed for these disciples to invent such a story? None! The only reason the disciples taught the resurrection of Jesus was because Jesus’s resurrection had occurred.

Enemy Attestation of the Resurrection. Historically speaking, if one holds enemy attestation to an event, then the event is strengthened. When one considers the claims of the authorities that the disciples had stolen the body of Jesus (Matthew 28:11-15), the testimony of the resurrection is strengthened. The early belief that the disciples had stolen the body of Jesus is strengthened by the discovery of the Nazareth Inscription that orders capital punishment for anyone who steals a body from a tomb.[9] In addition, several refences to Jesus and his resurrection include citations from Josephus,[10] Tacitus,[11] and Suetonius[12] among others (including the Babylonian Talmud).

Multiple Post-Resurrection Eyewitnesses. Finally, there is multiple eyewitness testimony pertaining to the resurrection of Jesus. Several people had seen Jesus alive for a period of 40 days. The eyewitnesses include Mary Magdalene (John 20:10-18), the women at the tomb accompanying Mary (Matthew 28:1-10), the Roman guards (Matthew 28:4), the Eleven disciples (John 21), the two men on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35), an indeterminate number of disciples (Matthew 28:16-20); over five-hundred disciples (1 Corinthains 15:6), to James (1 Corinthians 15:7) and to Paul (1 Corinthians 15:8-9). I am certain that there were many other witnesses that are unnamed.

Conclusion:

Many other evidences could be given for the resurrection of Jesus. Thinking about the methods of history, one must understand that there is a reason why American accept the first President of the United States as George Washington and not Spongebob Squarepants. History backs up the claim that Washington was the first President. In like manner, history backs up the reality of Jesus’s resurrection. Now the question is this: what will you do with such information? Some will try to ignore the event. Some will try to dismiss it. Others will acknowledge the factual nature of the event and worship Jesus as the risen Lord. It is my prayer that you will do the latter.

Why do easter days change and check easters dates from 1997 to 2037

The date of Easter Day is usually the first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the March equinox.

Easter Sunday celebrates the Christian belief of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. The Easter date is set around the time of the March Equinox.

Setting the Easter Date

The March equinox coincides with Easter Sunday and holidays that are related to it. These holidays do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian calendar, or the Julian calendar, which is still used by many Orthodox Christian churches.

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The dates of many Christian holidays depend on the Easter date. Some of these holidays include:

Palm Sunday

Good Friday

Easter Sunday

Ascension Day

Pentecost/Whitsunday.

According to the Bible, Jesus’ death and resurrection occurred around the time of the Jewish Passover, which was celebrated on the first full moon following the vernal equinox.

This soon led to Christians celebrating Easter on different dates. At the end of the 2nd century, some churches celebrated Easter on the day of the Passover, while others celebrated it on the following Sunday.

In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.(*) From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox.

Easter is delayed by 1 week if the full moon is on Sunday, which decreases the chances of it falling on the same day as the Jewish Passover. The council’s ruling is contrary to the Quartodecimans, a group of Christians who celebrated Easter on the day of the full moon, 14 days into the month

1997–2037 in Gregorian dates)

Year Western Eastern

1997 March 30 April 27

1998 April 12 April 19

1999 April 4 April 11

2000 April 23 April 30

2001 April 15

2002 March 31 May 5

2003 April 20 April 27

2004 April 11

2005 March 27 May 1

2006 April 16 April 23

2007 April 8

2008 March 23 April 27

2009 April 12 April 19

2010 April 4

2011 April 24

2012 April 8 April 15

2013 March 31 May 5

2014 April 20

2015 April 5 April 12

2016 March 27 May 1

2017 April 16

2018 April 1 April 8

2019 April 21 April 28

2020 April 12 April 19

2021 April 4 May 2

2022 April 17 April 24

2023 April 9 April 16

2024 March 31 May 5

2025 April 20

2026 April 5 April 12

2027 March 28 May 2

2028 April 16

2029 April 1 April 8

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2030 April 21 April 28

2031 April 13

2032 March 28 May 2

2033 April 17 April 24

2034 April 9

2035 March 25 April 29

2036 April 13 April 20

2037 April 5

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Ripples at a local church as a man paid N42 million ($87500) as tithe

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A man, whose identity has been shielded by a local church in Makurdi, Benue State, has shocked church members with a tithe offering of N42m.

Investigations by the News Agency of Nigeriarevealed that the money was paid into the United Bank for Africa account of the NKST Church.

Although the resident pastor of the church, Dr. Frederick Ikyaan, initially denied knowledge of the offering, a copy of the church’s quarterly financial report, covering the months of January to March 2017, confirmed the payment of N42m in tithe to the church.

The report shows that the lodgement was the highest single offering from an individual for the quarter. The money was paid into the church’s account in January.

The breakdown of the church’s financial report showed an income of N56.2m and an expenditure of N33.7m within the same period.

The church’s records also showed that, out of the income, N44.6m was generated from tithes, while a single person accounted for N42million ($87500)

Reacting to the financial report, the pastor said his initial denial was based on an allegation that the donor was an appointee of the Benue State Government.

“I still stand by my words that the person that gave us that money is not an appointee of the state government. In fact, he does not even stay in Benue but is an indigene of the state.”

Ikyaan said there was nothing wrong with the offering and insisted that the church had nothing to hide.

Meanwhile, the tithe has stirred controversy, particularly in the light of the state’s struggle to pay the salaries of workers.

The legitimacy of the donor’s income has also been debated, as N42m paid to a church as tithe implies that such a person’s income was N420m.

The NKST Church is an abbreviation for ‘Non go Kristu  U Sudan hen Tiv,’ meaning the Church of Christ amongst the Tiv.

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Flow with this thought this easter season

Two guys were drinking in a bar.

As they were drinking, they started arguing, one guy pounced on his friend and started beating him.

After a long beating he realised that his friend was no longer breathing, he already died instantly.

Then the guy started running with his shirt full of blood.Those who were watching the fight started chasing him.

He ran to the house of a Christian man, knocked and said, “Can u please hide me, i have killed a person and people are chasing me.”

The Christian man replied , “Where am i going to hide you in my one room apartment?”

The muderer said “There is no time to waste here, just think of anywhere you can hide me.”

After a long thinking, the Christian man said to the murderer, “Give me your shirt and take my shirt but remember to keep my shirt clean”

They exchanged their shirts.Then as soon as the Christian man opened the door, people started beating him and was badly injured that he was taken to the police station.

From police station, the case was taken to court and the man was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to death.

The real murderer was safe at home but was feeling so guilty that he ran to the Court and said, “Can you please release that innocent man, am the real murderer”.

The judge replied “unfortunately it’s too late, the man is already hanged “.

He ran to the police grounds where the man was hanged and for sure he found him dead hanging.

He knelt down and cried his eyes out and said to himself, ” You paid for my crime”. He remembered the Christian’s last words:

“KEEP MY SHIRT CLEAN !!!”

That’s how the murderer repented and became a christian!

Import of this  STORY ;

This is what Jesus did for us. He died for the crime he did not commit on the cross of Calvary.

Now if you are thankful with what Jesus did for you, Appreciate Him this season

I was arrested for you .. I was whipped for you .. I was spit on for you .. I was slain for you .. I was humiliated for you .. I was nailed to the cross for you .. died and resurrected by the power of God..❤ if you are not ashamed of Jesus, spread the gospel of Jesus Christ

Five Worth Knowing Important Facts About Palm Sunday

The people of Jerusalem took palm branches and went out to meet the Son of God, praising Him and shouting, ‘Hosanna!’

Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem.

We find Jesus riding a borrowed donkey, escorted by unarmed disciples. His purpose is to demonstrate the kingdom of God and to show peace.

Here are five things you should know about this significant biblical event:

1.) Jesus brought peace and salvation. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John all recount the Palm Sunday story that took place shortly before Jesus was arrested, crucified on the cross and eventually rose from the dead.

In chapter 19 of the Gospel of Luke, it is written: “[Jesus] sent two of his disciples, saying to them, ‘Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, Why are you untying it? say, ‘The Lord needs it.”

The story continues, as Luke 19: 35-38 tells us: “They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road. When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!’”

2.) The Holy Day gets its name from scripture. In John 12:13, it is written: “They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna!’”

The Israelites believed Jesus was going to save them, as the people had awaited the arrival of a special king for hundreds of years. They had waited for a messiah to be an earthly military and political leader; instead, Jesus came as a heavenly spiritual leader and died for humanity’s sins.

3.) Jesus fulfilled an Old Testament prophecy. The minor prophet Zechariah foretold it hundreds of years earlier. “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey,” according to Zechariah 9:9.

John 12:15 notes of the event: “At first [these] disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about Him and that these things had been done to him.”

4.) Jesus’ arrival on a donkey is very significant. This animal appears multiple times in the Bible. “There have been other donkeys with important roles mentioned in scripture,” Reverend Tim McConnell — assistant pastor of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina — wrote in Asheville, North Carolina’s Citizen-Times newspaper on Friday. “We remember Balaam’s donkey that spoke and warned Balaam of danger. Of course, we know that it was God speaking through the donkey. We know about the donkey that carried Mary and the unborn Christ to Bethlehem, and later the donkey once again carried the family to Egypt to escape King Herod.”

Rev. McConnell noted, “We find Jesus riding a borrowed donkey, escorted by unarmed disciples. His purpose is to demonstrate the kingdom of God and to show peace.”

5.) Jesus was not the first to ride through the crowds in parade fashion. An Old Testament story tells of a king triumphantly entering a town. Before his enthronement as king of Israel, Solomon rode into Gihon (a spring in the original site of Jerusalem) on a mule — with people praising him as he arrived.“

Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then the sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, “Long live King Solomon!” And all the people went up after him, playing the pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound,” 1 Kings 1:39-40 says.

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