Dani Alves Scored The Winning Goal On His Debut For Sao Paulo

Dani Alves return to Brazil after 17 years playing for top clubs in Europe has had a big impact on his home country. Alves is a Brazil veteran who scored the winning goal on his debut for Sao Paulo on Sunday , weeks after signing a three- year deal with the club. Alves , 36, found the back of the net in the 40th minute to score the only goal of the game against Ceara.

The right- back played for Sevilla before going on to play for Barcelona, Juventus and PSG , collecting nine national league titles along the way — six in Spain, one in Italy and two in France. He has collected 40 trophies in all with club and country including three Champions League titles with Barcelona and two UEFA Cups with Sevilla

Alves and Spanish international Juanfran, 34, are the stars for Sao Paulo, who snapped up both players after their contracts with European clubs expired.

Juanfran arrived in Sao Paulo after an extensive career in Spain where he played for Real Madrid, Espanyol, Osasuna and Atletico Madrid. He has also won two Copa Americas with Brazil , most recently in July when he was named player of the tournament as he captained them to victory over Peru in the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

Key to Divine Wisdom And Understanding

Encouraged one another and build up

A person who possesses competency in knowledge and skill has great potential to succeed in life. When such competency is derived from God, it is referred to as divine understanding. Succeeding in life is all about recognizing and utilizing the opportunities God brings our way, coupled with making the right choices in life. A person endowed with divine understanding is therefore able to excel in life because he or she has the ability to discern what is true, ethically right and sound, based on God’s word. God alone possesses wisdom and understanding in the absolute sense, and He gives these to those who seek them from Him with a humble heart. In relation to people, divine wisdom refers to the abilities God gives in every area of life, including craftsmanship, knowledge and insight for right decisions. Divine wisdom cannot be received by those whose confidence is based on human cleverness and insight without God’s revelation. This kind of human wisdom may produce temporary success in life, but if often come to naught in the long run (1 Corinthians 3:19-20).

Understanding is built on the foundation of knowledge and the ability to use it correctly. There are different ways God imparts understanding to a person. For example, understanding can be received in the place of observing how others live or do things (Proverbs 24:30-32). It can also be acquired through studying God’s word and His wondrous works in the universe (Psalm 119:130, Job 37:14-20). Understanding can also come from parental guidance or as a result of practical experience in life (Proverbs 4:1-5). Above all, it can be received through the impartation of God’s Spirit in the place of prayer, as it happened to Solomon (1 Kings 3, Ephesians 1:15-18).

Worldly wisdom and understanding build pride and false hope in people, who go on to arrogate success in life to themselves and not to the Almighty God. This folly has led to the downfall of many people and kingdoms all over the world, as seen in the example of Babylon in Isaiah 47:10-11. No wonder Proverbs 26:12 says:

“Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? there is more hope of a fool than of him.”

Furthermore, in Isaiah 29:14, the Bible says worldly wisdom shall perish. The people of this world can never receive the wisdom of God. Divine understanding is only accessible to those who are willing to give up their reliance on human insight in exchange for God’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 4:14-15). May the Lord fill you with divine understanding today in Jesus’ Name.

Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 1 Kings 3:9

READ: 1 Kings 3:15-28

15 And Solomon awoke; and, behold, it was a dream. And he came to Jerusalem, and stood before the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and offered up burnt offerings, and offered peace offerings, and made a feast to all his servants.

16 Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.

17 And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house.

18 And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.

19 And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it.

20 And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.

21 And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.
22 And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.

23 Then said the king, The one saith, This is my son that liveth, and thy son is the dead: and the other saith, Nay; but thy son is the dead, and my son is the living.

24 And the king said, Bring me a sword. And they brought a sword before the king.

25 And the king said, Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other.

26 Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.

27 Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.

28 And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.

Father, please fill my heart with divine understanding today in Jesus’ Name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:  1 Samuel 24-25
Ezekiel 36:16-32



1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.

o Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.

4. But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.

5. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way;
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.

References: Open Heavens Daily Devotional

65 Migrants From Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Wandering in Veracruz

The Mexican authorities reported that the federal police found 65 severely dehydrated and hungry migrants from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka wandering on a highway in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

The migrants reported they set out April 24 from an airport in Qatar and flew to Turkey and Colombia. From there, they moved through Ecuador, Panama and Guatemala before reaching Mexico.

Once in Mexico, the migrants said, they boarded boats and travelled on the Coatzacoalcos River, though it is not clear why.

The river does not lead anywhere near the U.S. border.

This was reported on Thursday by the federal Public Safety Department that the migrants recounted a long, complicated trip in a bid to reach the U.S. border.

Guardiola Believes Man Untd, Chelsea and Arsenal Will Threat To Prevent City

Pep Guardiola - Coach

Pep Guardiola believed Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal will pose a threat to prevent City and Liverpool fighting out a two- horse race for the title like last season. Recall that Tottenham Hotspur may have finished fourth in the Premier League last season , far behind champions Manchester City and Champions League winners Liverpool , but City manager Guardiola has branded Spurs the “ second best team in Europe ” ahead of the two sides ’ meeting on Saturday .

Guardiola was referring to the fact that Tottenham knocked out City on their way to a first ever Champions League final last season before losing to Liverpool in Madrid. “ Last season , our first fixture was at the Emirates against Arsenal, ” he adds . “ The schedule is the schedule, so welcome to the Etihad Stadium.” “ I know how good Tottenham are ,” said Guardiola. “ It’s the second best team in Europe . For me , that is enough .”

“ Tottenham are really , really, good contenders ,” he states. “ Since I came here to England , every season Spurs was a real contender .
“ In the first season they finished second. We won in the last two seasons, but they were always there.”

“ I am impressed with how Chelsea played in two tough matches against top teams , ” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager . “ I was really surprised by how good Frank Lampard ’s team played .

However, bar their 1 - 0 defeat at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium in the first leg of that Champions League quarter- final, City have won five of the last six meetings between the teams and finished 27 points above them in the league. Since Tottenham’s last trophy the English League Cup in 2008, City have won ten major trophies. But if anyone is going to bridge the huge gap that City and Liverpool opened up at the top of the league last season , Mauricio Pochettino ’s men appear best placed to do so .

“ We saw Manchester United and the quality they have up front in that first game . While Arsenal bought good players , especially like David Luiz and Dani Ceballos , who was a top player in Spain , and they have people up front like (Alexandre ) Lacazette and (Pierre- Emerick) Aubameyang.” The second match of the season is early to be facing one of your direct rivals for the title , but Guardiola has no complaints about the timing .

Ernesto is Likely to be Without Messi in Bilbao and Neto Sideline

The Barcelona Coach, Ernesto Valverde is already likely to be without Lionel Messi against Bilbao and the Barcelona’ s back - up goalkeeper Neto will be sidelined for 4 - 6 weeks after he underwent surgery Tuesday on his injured wrist, the club said .

Messi missed the friendly win over Napoli on Saturday after sustaining a calf tear in training last week.

Neto joined Barcelona this summer from Valencia, with fellow goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen leaving Camp Nou and going the other way.

More so, Neto , who suffered the injury in training while on a US tour , will, therefore, miss Barca’s opening La Liga game away to Athletic Bilbao on Friday .

“Doctor Xavier Mir successfully carried out surgery this morning on a fractured scaphoid bone on the left hand of first- team player Neto. The downtime will be around six to eight weeks ,” a club statement read.

Hope for the Hopeless

God Has Not Forgotten You
There was a hopeless case in John 11, concerning Lazarus. He had been dead for four days; yet Jesus sent forth the Word of God, it brought Lazarus out from an impossible circumstance. Lazarus came out of the grave with both hands and legs bound with no support from anybody. When the WORD goes into a man’s situation, he will not need any human help. Job 14:7-9 – For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. 8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; 9 yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

In case you are brought down, there is hope. Though the problem might look like an age-long problem, God is saying there is hope for you. No matter how hopeless that situation is, as long as God’s word is in place, that case cannot be written off. Every time you have a setback, God wants to give you a testimony. That is why I know today, no matter how hopeless men have said your case is, through the WORD of God, you will bounce back again in the name of Jesus! That your health will be renewed in the name of Jesus.

Jairus came to Jesus because of his daughter who was at the point of death in Mark 5. He was still with Jesus when they brought news to him that his daughter has died. In verse 36, Jesus told him not to be afraid but only believe. Mark 5:36 –As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe. In verse 40, they laughed Jesus to scorn when He told them that the young damsel was sleeping. Today, I announce to you that in the midst of your mockery, you will give birth to your testimony. That situation will receive life in the name of Jesus!!

In Genesis, Joseph was hated by his brothers. They removed his coat of many colors but they could not remove the blessing from him. They hated him to the point they threw him into a pit to kill him but what they meant for evil, God turned it for his good. I speak to you today, God will turn every evil your enemies planned against you for a testimony in the name of Jesus!!! Every time God wants to change a man’s story, He puts him through a situation which will birth a testimony. You that people have written off as a failure, you will be the next person the world will look up to in the name of Jesus! You that men have mocked, you will be the next show-piece on the earth

When Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt, they could not recognize Joseph anymore and he wept because those that meant to hurt him have come to eat from his table. Very soon, you will be the one that will preserve your household!! The same people that mocked you, you will soon render help to them in Jesus name!!! If they could not bury Joseph, no man will be able to bury your destiny in the name of Jesus

Any time Jesus comes, situations must change. Abraham staggered not on the promises of God. All God wants you to do is to stand on His word. Through the Word of God, you will bounce back to life. Your testimony will gather community! They will dance from one end of the road to another because of what God has done in your life! Your wedding will shake Nations!! Your deliverance will shake Nations!!! Your breakthrough will shake Nations. Your family testimony will bring crowd to God in the name of Jesus. Any time the WORD comes, things must change. God’s word cannot change. No matter how shattered a situation is, when God’s Word comes, situation changes. I announce to you that your situation must change! Your case is not hopeless; have hope because through God’s word, that sickness will go. You will be healed. Just look up to the Word of God and your situation will change in Jesus name .

At age 93 he believed God will still make good of his promise of a son and heir.  Then Isaac was born and God upped the ante by asking his friend to make the supreme sacrifice,  the Bible says 'by faith Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice'. Being God's friend is not determined when you are in good times.  Being God's friend is never determined by what you get from him Being God's friend is determined by doing everything he requested from you. Being God's friend is determined mostly when you are passing through the difficult situations of life. Joseph chooses prison instead of sex,  Apostles chooses the ministry instead of family and career. Moses chooses slavery instead of a prince and Palace. It was all accounted to them as righteousness. Can you pay the price to be God's friend? God help you as you decide.

A spiritual person is the one who has yielded himself to the things of the spirit. One who is led by the spirit and not by carnal whims. One who follows every instruction of the father and whose purpose, pursuits and plans are the one God has given to him. A spiritual person is one who doesn't see going to the Lord in prayers as a burden but a lifestyle. One who values the secret place. A spiritual person, because He follows God and obey him on what he should do per time, never goes astray and always make the right decisions. I once heard about a business man who had never lost any business in his life. When he was asked the reason behind this, he said "I ask God before I venture into any business. If He says no, I won't, if He says yes, I will." That is a man who has submitted his will to the Spirit's. Without controversy, everything that happens in the physical, has been established in the spiritual. Howbeit that we become spiritual men that make decisions concerning our lives in the spiritual realm rather than just watching and accepting whatever comes to us physically.

That job, settle it in the spiritual realm, that academic strategy you need to excel in the semester, get it in the spiritual, that business you want to engage in, get the how to go about it in the spiritual. It's not enough to love God, it is expedient to depend on Him totally, and value his instructions and decisions for you tangibly. That our eyes of understanding be enlightened. James  2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. After losing everything he held dear, job looked back and longed for the days when God's friendship graced his home, his children were around and everything was going fine.

Maybe you can remember days like that in your own life,  we've been conditioned to think of friendship in terms of the benefits it confers,  but being God's friend comes with a price. It costs time, selflessness, thoughtfulness,  absolute trust and very often suffering. Those who are intimately close feel the hurts and joy of the ones they love more than anyone else.  True intimacy means a death to our own selfish desires. Abraham was called God's friend but the friendship came at a price. We read, Abraham believed God,  when He was asked to leave his father's house to an unknown location,

Manchester City Defeats Liverpool With A 5-4 Penalty Shoot

Manchester City  defeated Liverpool with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win after a 1-1 draw in Community Shield at Wembley. Raheem Sterling gave City a first half lead before Joel Matip grabbed a late equaliser for Liverpool in the annual curtain-raiser to the English top-flight season. On the evidence of this hard-fought contest, which featured both flashes of quality and signs of rustiness, there will little to separate the two teams as they go head-to-head for the major prizes once again over the next 10 months. Retaining the Community Shield trophy they won 12 months ago would improve City’s belief that they can repeat last season’s remarkable silverware haul, but Liverpool could take encouragement as well after they finished strongly enough to have won.

In the shoot-out, City keeper Claudio Bravo saved from Georginio Wijnaldum, with Gabriel Jesus driving in the winning kick after successful efforts from Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Oleksandr Zinchenko. The jubilant celebrations from City’s players and fans showed inflicting an early psychological blow on Liverpool was a moment to savour, regardless of the supposed warm-up status of the glamour friendly. With City installed as favourites to win the title for a third successive season and Liverpool expected to present the strongest challenge to Pep Guardiola’s side, their meeting on the eve of the season was a window into what to expect this term.

After pipping Liverpool to last season’s Premier League title with 98 points to their rivals’ 97, City went on to complete an unprecedented domestic treble by adding the FA Cup to the League Cup they won earlier in the campaign. But Jurgen Klopp’s men didn’t dwell on that painful near-miss as they won the Champions League just weeks later.

The only dark cloud for City was an injury to Leroy Sane, who limped off in the 10th minute holding his right leg after collapsing while chasing a long pass. Sane was playing on the day reports claimed his agents had agreed a contract with Bayern Munich, who are keen to sign the Germany winger. City’s victory was a well-time riposte for Guardiola, who this week hit back at Klopp’s claim that the champions live in a transfer “fantasy land”.

The 23-year-old’s composed passing and physical presence showed why City’s financial muscles have been flexed again. Sterling hadn’t scored in his last 10 appearances against Liverpool in all competitions, but the England winger ended that drought in the 12th minute. Kyle Walker’s high pass to the far post caught Liverpool appealing in vain for offside as Kevin De Bruyne headed on to David Silva.

Silva flicked towards Sterling and his close-range effort was just strong enough to escape the grasp of Reds keeper Alisson Becker and trickle over the line. Much improved after the interval, Liverpool were inches away from equalising when Virgil van Dijk’s half-volley crashed down off the crossbar onto the goalline before City scrambled clear. Salah was by far Liverpool’s most menacing player and he twisted away from the City defence before firing a fierce strike that cannoned off the outside of the post.

Guardiola had his head in his hands in frustration when Sterling again ran clear on goal without scoring as his hesitant stumble allowed Alisson to save at his feet.City paid for that miss when Liverpool deservedly equalised in the 77th minute, Van Dijk helping on Jordan Henderson’s free-kick before substitute Matip headed in from close-range. Walker’s incredible overhead-kick clearance then repelled what looked to be a late Salah winner, setting up City’s shoot-out triumph that stood as the opening salvo in what looks set to be a season

Nine Victims Were Deceased and 16 More Victims Hospitalized in Dayton


According to the report, nine victims were deceased and consequently, approximately 16 more victims hospitalized right now in unknown conditions in a mass shooting early Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, police said, adding that the assailant was shot dead by responding officers.

The suspect had opened fire on the street firing “a long gun with multiple rounds.” Police were working to identify the shooter and the FBI were on scene to provide any necessary assistance, he said.

The incident occurred shortly after 1:00 am in the popular bar and nightlife Oregon district of the city, Police Lieutenant Colonel Matt Carper said. “We had one shooter that we are aware of and multiple victims,” he told reporters. “The shooter is deceased, from gunshot wounds from the responding officers,” he said, adding no police were injured.

Further more, Carper said Oregon was “a very safe part of downtown” Dayton and very popular with visitors. “Fortunately we had multiple officers in the immediate vicinity when this incident started so there was a very short timeline of violence, for that we’ve very fortunate.

Moreso, “It’s a very tragic incident and we’re doing everything we can to investigate it and try to identify the motivation behind this,” said Carper.“We’re still interviewing obviously a lot of witnesses as well as officers to determine if anyone else was involved,” he said.

18 Reported Dead And Many Injured In Texas Walmart Shooting

As many as 18 people were killed and dozens more were injured, and one male suspect is in custody, after a mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday morning, officials said. The wounded ranged in age from a 2-year-old child to an 82-year-old victim.

A 21-year-old man was taken into custody after police responded within six minutes to a report of an active shooter at the Cielo Vista Mall. The suspect, who was captured on surveillance video entering the Walmart, has been identified as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius.

The document was shared on 4Chan, an online forum where users can post anonymously. Within it, the suspect denounces Hispanic people in Texas, cites concerns about losing American jobs to automation and criticizes both political parties. The text includes a reference to the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand, which left 51 people dead.

According to Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, three of those killed were Mexican citizens. Mexican Consul General Mauricio Ibarra, who is based in El Paso, told Mexican authorities that six of those injured were Mexican citizens.

El Paso Police Department Sgt. Robert Gomez said that "we have ruled out multiple shooters," adding, "We have no information ... about what the motive is."

The shooting began in the parking lot outside the Walmart, an eyewitness said. Police Chief Greg Allen referenced a document allegedly left behind by the suspect. He said the shooting may have a "nexus" to a hate crime but declined to elaborate. He said police are considering capital murder charges.

Sergeant Robert Gomez, a police spokesman, said he thinks most of the victims were shot at the Walmart in the shopping complex. He said the store was packed with as many as 3,000 people during the busy back-to-school shopping season.

Earlier, El Paso police tweeted they had received reports of "multiple shooters" but they later said they did not believe there was more than one gunman. Police also said reports of a shooting at another location were "false."

The suspect was considered "a troubled youth" and described as a loner. Authorities are treating a document allegedly written by the gunman as evidence.

Be Not Afraid -Alfred J. Hough

1.Come weal, come woe where'er we go,
God is not far away;
He holds the stormy winds that blow,
And molds the golden day.
The darkest night to Him is light,
And thro' the shine or shade,
He speaks in tones of tender might,
My child, be not afraid.

2.Child, be not, be not afraid;
Child, be not, be not afraid
The darkest night to Him is light,
And thro' the shine or shade,
Child, be not, be not afraid;
Child, be not, be not afraid
He speaks in tones of tender might,
My child, be not afraid.

3.Tho' clouds may veil the stars that sail
O'er boundless seas of space,
And lights along all shores may fail,
God will not hide His face;
But sweetly whispers while His hands
Upon His own are laid,
Lo! at thy side thy Father stands,
My child, be not afraid.'

4.Thro' changing years, in joy and tears,
The changeless One abides,
And safe the soul from doubt and fears
That in His bosom hides.
On noisy street, in still retreat,
Thro' vales of deepest shade,
That voice is heard with accents sweet,
My child, be not afraid.

Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Announces The Abduction Five RCCG Pastors

The General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, announced the abduction five RCCG pastors on Friday at the Redeemed Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. Adeboye, while charging the congregation to pray for the release of the abductees, said the abduction took place on Thursday along the Ijebu-Ode axis.

He was quoted as saying, “As a father, how do you think I should feel to hear that five of my children have been kidnapped while on their way to attend the Ministers Conference?”

Consequently, the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has reacted to the abduction of five ministers of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), who were on their way to attend the church’s Ministers’ Conference in Lagos on Thursday.

He also condemned the murder of Catholic Parish Priest of St. James, the Greater Parish, Ugbawka, in Enugu State, Rev FR Paul Offu.

Also, the Catholic Parish Priest of St. James, the Greater Parish, Ugbawka, in Enugu State, Rev FR Paul Offu was reportedly shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Thursday evening.

Reacting, Apostle Suleiman expresses sadness and disbelief over the recent development.

The outspoken cleric called on God to ‘frustrate the agenda of the wicked men in Nigeria’ over recent abduction. On his verified Twitter page, Apostle Suleman wrote: “Just got into the country and hearing strange news of 5 RCCG pastors kidnapped, Catholic priest killed, soldiers buried secretly?

“Are these true? I don’t want to believe it. “Father in the name of Jesus, we ask you release all those in hands of captors after the order of Acts 12.frustrate the agenda of wicked men in Nigeria. (Isaiah 7v7,isaiah 8v10,psalms 68v1). “Let ceaseless flow of blood come to an end in Jesus name.