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Britain’s ambassador to Washington believed US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal because it was associated with his predecessor Barack Obama, according to leaked documents published Saturday.

“The administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons -- it was Obama’s deal,” ambassador Kim Darroch wrote in a diplomatic cable in May 2018.
The cable was included in a second batch of leaked reports published by the Mail on Sunday newspaper, the first of which caused Darroch to resign earlier this week. Separately, the Sunday Times reported that a government investigation into the leak had identified a civil servant as the person responsible.

Working with officials from the National Cyber Security Centre, part of spy agency GCHQ, and MI6, the probe has homed in on a suspect who had access to historical Foreign Office files, the paper said. The first leaked reports authored by Darroch were published last weekend, causing major turmoil between Britain and its closest ally. The ambassador was reported to have described the White House as “inept”, prompting Trump to claim the ambassador was a “pompous fool” whom he would no longer deal with. Darroch resigned on Wednesday, saying it was now “impossible” to do his job.

In May 2018, Britain’s then-foreign minister Boris Johnson went to Washington to try to persuade Trump not to abandon the Iran deal.In a cable sent afterwards, Darroch reportedly indicated there were divisions in Trump’s team over the decision, and criticised the White House for a lack of long-term strategy. “They can’t articulate any ‘day-after’ strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region,” he wrote.He reported back that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his talks with Johnson, “did some subtle distancing by talking throughout about ‘the President’s decision’“.

The newspaper reported that, according to Darroch, Pompeo also hinted that he had tried but failed to “sell” a revised text to Trump.In 2015, the United States, China, Britain, France, Russia and Germany signed a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for a partial lifting of international economic sanctions.

Trump had long been critical of the deal and withdrew the United States on May 8, 2018. As well as a government investigation into the leaks, police are also looking into a potential breach of the Official Secrets Act. London’s Metropolitan Police sparked widespread condemnation on Saturday after a warning to journalists that publishing leaked documents could be a criminal matter. Johnson, who is now in the race to succeed May as prime minister, said that prosecuting media outlets would have a “chilling effect on public debate”.


Witnessing God’s colorfully radiant brilliance also evoked a powerful reaction in the apostle John (Revelation 1:17). After encountering the full glory of the resurrected Christ, John glimpsed “a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. . . . From the throne came flashes of lightning” (Revelation 4:2–5).

"The one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby." Revelation 4:3

When Xavier McCoury put on the glasses Aunt Celena sent for his tenth birthday, he burst into tears. Born colorblind, Xavier had only ever seen the world in shades of gray, white, and black. With his new EnChroma glasses, however, Xavier saw color for the first time. His euphoria at witnessing the beauty around him made his family feel like they’d beheld a miracle.

In a different time, Ezekiel had a similar vision, seeing “what looked like a throne of lapis lazuli,” with a figure above the throne who “looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire” (Ezekiel 1:26–27). This magnificent figure was surrounded with rainbow-like radiance (v. 28).

One day we will meet Christ face-to-face. These visions give us just a hint of the magnificence that awaits us. As we celebrate the beauty of God’s creation here and now, may we live in anticipation of the glory yet to be revealed.


What response does the color and beauty of creation evoke in you? How can you express your gratitude to God for His wonderful gift?

O Lord, words fail us when we tried to imagine what we will experience when we meet You face to face. Thank You for the small hints of Your beauty You've placed in our world. May what we observe Your beauty today, build a hopeful anticipation for the unimaginable beauty that awaits us in eternity. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen!
Today's Scripture:
Revelation 4:1–6
Bible in a Year :
Psalms 10–12; Acts 19:1–20

(Slightly Edited and topic changed) from ODB

How the Bride Can Prepare for the Second Coming

Just as marriage is the union between the bride and the bridegroom, so is the Union between the church and Christ (Eph. 5:32). A wise bride will prepare herself for the coming of her husband (Matt. 25:1-10). In like manner, Christ expects the Church to be prepared for His coming (Rev. 21:2). The bride is the body if believers known as the Church that trusts in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and have hope of eternal life. Jesus Christ is the bridegroom who had sacrificially and lovingly chosen the church to be His bride (Eph. 5:25). The bride of Christ must therefore understand the reason for, and the rudiments of her preparation.

OPENING PRAYER: Father, don't let me lose my relationship with you.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Revelation 19:7-9  
7. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
8. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
9. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

MEMORY VERSE: "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 2 Cor. 11:2

i. The word "alleluia" is a combination of two (2) Hebrew words which are "Halal" which means "praise" and "Jah" which means "Yahweh" or "Lord". The full meaning is therefore, " Praise the Lord" i.e. "praise our God" Rev. 19:5.
ii. "Alleluia" occurred four (4) times in Rev. 19:1-6 for the following reasons:
a. The first reason is because God's judgement is true and righteous. V.1.
b. The second reason is because God has judged (pronounced sentence and convicted) the great and notorious harlot who corrupted and demoralized the earth with her lewdness and adultery and has avenged the blood of His servants at her hand. V.2.

c. The third reason is because the Lord God omnipotent (the all Ruler, all powerful) reigns and sits in the throne. V.6,4.
d. The fourth reason is because the marriage of the lamb, at last has come and His bride, the church has prepared herself. Rev. 19:7.
Perhaps, you need to know that the reason that the world has been filled with corruption and fornication is to pollute, poison and demoralize the bride to make the marriage of the lamb to the church, impossible because God is holy and will joy be joined with the unholy things. Rev. 19:2; Hosea 4:17-19.
But praise be our God who has judged the great whore and has liberated the church from its grip through Christ and Hus righteousness. Rev. 19:8-9.

To qualify as the bride of Christ, the following must happen in your life in accordance with the word of God.
i. Confess his sins and accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour. John 3:3, 5, 16.
ii. Let holiness be your lifestyle. 1 Peter 1:15-16; Heb 12:14.
iii. Avoid self indulgence and worldly lifestyle. 2 Tim. 3:1-5.
iv. Avoid being lukewarm. Rev. 3:15-16.
v. Be led by the Spirit and possess your vessel by sanctification. Gal. 5:16, 25; 1 Thess. 4:4.
vi. Grow in faith and understanding. Col. 1:9; 1 Cor. 14:20.
vii. Serve the Lord faithfully and diligently to the end. Luke 12:42; 9:62; 1 Cor. 4:2.
viii. Be an additive soul winner. Matt. 28:19; Prov. 11:30; Dan. 12:3.
ix. Watch and pray. Mark 13:33; 14:38; Luke 21:36.
x. Earnestly desire the coming of the Lord and be ready to go the extra mile. Matt. 25:1-13; 2 Cor. 5:2.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Class should discuss the roles of holiness in our preparation as bride of Christ.

i. Not to be caught unaware. Mark 13:33; Matt 24:44.
ii. To be presented spotless, and without wrinkle to Christ. Eph. 5:27.
iii. To be with Christ and reign with Him at His second coming. 1 Thess 4:15-17.
iv. To be part of the glorious wedding of the lamb. Rev. 19:6.
v. To receive the crown of righteousness as a reward. 2 Tim. 4:7-8; Matt. 16:27.
vi. Not to be condemned and judged with the world. 1 Cor. 11:32; Matt 25:10.
vii. To enter into His rest eternally. 2 Thess. 1:7; Heb. 4:11.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: What are the consequences of not being prepared as the bride of Christ?

SUMMARY: Be prepared.

CONCLUSION: The bride (the church) and the bridegroom (Jesus Christ) shall be officially wedded at rapture (Isaiah 62:5). Be prepared till the end.

EVALUATION: How and why must the bride of Christ be prepared?

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, don't let me be unprepared when you will come.

ASSIGNMENT:Mention five (5) means by which the would be bride of Christ should prepare and give reasons why they should do so.


Solskjaer's Side Strolled to a 2-0 Win In Australia Without Romelu Lukaku

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side strolled to a 2-0 win in Australia with Romelu
Lukaku not included in the match-day squad due to a minor injury.

The 26-year-old's absence comes in the wake of Inter beginning negotiations with United over a possible transfer a few days ago.

Asked whether Lukaku would be a Red Devils player next season, Solskjaer kept his cards close to his chest.

The future of Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United remains firmly up in the air, with the Belgian striker rested in the Red Devils' first pre-season outing against Perth Glory on Saturday.

"Let’s see when the season starts," Solskjaer said.

"We’ve not had any bids that we’re considering. All my conversations with the players I will keep confidential. That’s between us - that's my privilege.

"There’s been so much speculation but yes he should be fit for Wednesday. He trained with the team yesterday but he wasn’t useful today."

Frank First Win as Chelsea Manager

Frank Lampard, who spent 13 years as a player at Chelsea, left Derby to replace Maurizio Sarri as Blues manager this month. Frank Lampard won his first game as Chelsea manager as they beat St Patrick's Athletic 4-0 in a pre-season friendly in Dublin.

Mason Mount ran on to Mateo Kovacic's pass to open the scoring before Emerson Palmieri netted from outside the box.

Olivier Giroud, one of 11 half-time changes, turned home Kenedy's cross and added a late fourth.

The Blues drew 1-1 with Bohemians, another Dublin side, in Lampard's first game in charge on Wednesday.

Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley hit the woodwork for Chelsea against St Patrick's Athletic.

Eric Molloy, who scored the equaliser for Bohemians, came on as a second-half substitute for St Patrick's Athletic, for whom he is on trial.

Samuel Chukwueze States that Nigeria Will Defeat Algeria on Sunday

The Villarreal star, Samuel Chukwueze who won the Man of the Match award in Nigeria’s 2-1 win over South Africa last Wednesday, stated that the Desert Foxes are beatable. The 20-year-old noted that Algeria have a good team but that the Super Eagles are not afraid of any team at this stage of the competition.

The 20-year-old noted that Algeria have a good team but that the Super Eagles are not afraid of any team at this stage of the competition.

Nigeria head to the game after defeating South Africa in the quarter-final, while Algeria defeated Ivory Coast to advance further.

“Algeria is a good team, but we are not scared of them. We can’t be scared of any team at this stage of the competition,” Chukwueze said

“It is true that a lot of people have tipped them to win the trophy, but we will prove them wrong on Sunday. “We saw their game against Ivory Coast. It was an interesting game between two top quality teams. For us, we are not afraid, they are beatable”

The Concept of Divine Supply

Jesus had over five thousand people to feed and all He had was five loaves of bread and two fish. The size of the crowd against the tiny food in His hands - anybody with such lopsided demand and supply factor would give up, but Jesus didn’t. He sees possibility when everything else looks impossible.

It’s impossible for a loving resourceful Father to refrain from meeting the needs of his children. God is willing and able to provide all your needs. What is needed is that you trust Him. Those who put their trust in the Lord, are never disappointed.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:19

The import of this scripture is that no one can supply all your needs except God. Man can only supply out of his limited capacity. However, God will supply all your need because He has abundant resources. God’s supply doesn’t fix a particular need but all your needs. In essence, He will supply all your spiritual, physical, financial, career and emotional needs.

Sometimes we forget that our God is the creator of the heaven and earth and all things; the silver, gold, all you can think of.

When there was no employer God gave Adam a job in the garden of Eden. He provided a helper suitable for him out of his rib bone. God supplied manna and quails in the wilderness for the children of Israel. You can add your list of how God always graciously supply the needs of His children. Remember the cattle on a thousand hills belong to him.

Prayer: I praise you Lord, for you are able to supply all my needs according to your glory in Christ Jesus.

Scriptural Reading: Philippians 4:15-20


Evil has brought hardness of heart to many. They want to help, but they don’t want to become victims at the end. But you see, you must never give up on doing good. Never be reluctant to help, for there’s power in you that far outclasses all the power of evil in the world, put together.

Nowadays, there’re those who have resolved not to be kind and helpful to others anymore. Why? They’ve had bad experiences, or seen other people who have been harmed or taken advantage of, in their bid to help others.

Our societies have become increasingly cruel such that many have shut their bowels of mercy and compassion. Many years ago, if you were driving and saw someone that was stranded, you were quick to help. But because of so much evil in the world today, many are more concerned about the danger of assisting strangers. This is what evil has caused.

Greater is He that’s in you, than he that’s in the world. You’re not helpless. Think about Jesus: The servants of the High Priest came to arrest Him, and the Bible says, “Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? (John 18:4). They said, “Jesus of Nazareth,” then, He replied, “I am He” (John 18:5). Immediately, the power of God was released, and they all fell under the power! Why did that happen?

Just a short while before then, in Matthew 26, Jesus had been praying in the garden of Gethsemane, and the power of the Holy Ghost was surging through His being. When He said, “I am He,” the word went forth with power. He wasn’t empty. It’s the same with you. Your words are filled with power, because you carry divinity inside you.

What you need is the Spirit’s admonition in Ephesians 5:18: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” When you’re filled with the Spirit, you’d never have to bother about being victimized for doing good.

Therefore, before you hit the road or get about the day’s business, get filled with the Holy Ghost! He’ll lead and guide you through all the good things He’s put in your heart to do, and no one would be able to harm or deter you. Praise God!

BIBLE TEXT: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9).

Dear Lord, thank you for blessing me and making me a blessing, such that in every situation, I have all I need for every good work. I’m never weary of doing good, because I’m guided by the Spirit to be a blessing to my world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Galatians 6:9-10 KJV
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. [10] As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men , especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Hebrews 13:16 NIV
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

Proverbs 3:27-28 KJV
Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it . [28] Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.

2019 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index Has Been Published

The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) has been released.

The report identifies 10 countries, with a combined population of around 2 billion people, to illustrate the level of poverty reduction, and all of them have shown statistically significant progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1, namely ending poverty “in all its forms, everywhere”.

The 10 countries are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru and Vietnam. The report said that within these 10 countries, data shows that 270 million people moved out of multidimensional poverty from one survey to the next.

Surprisely, India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the period with strong improvements in areas such as “assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition,” a report by the United Nations said.

The report said that in the 101 countries studied — 31 low income, 68 middle income and 2 high income - 1.3 billion people are “multidimensionally poor”, which means that poverty is defined not simply by income, but by a number of indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence.

Manchester United is Interested in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

Manchester United have had a long-standing interest in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with Jose Mourinho personally scouting him during Serbia's 2-0 win over Montenegro in October 2018.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has scored 31 goals in 138 appearances for Lazio since joining from Belgian side Genk in July 2014.

United have also renewed their interest in Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, according to report.

Mourinho was interested in potentially adding the 21-year-old to his United squad last January, before being sacked by United in December.

It is understood Milinkovic-Savic, who signed a new deal with Lazio last October, would like to go but will not force a move and would be prepared to stay at Lazio for another year.

Manchester United are interested in Lazio midfielder Milinkovic-Savic, according to reports in Italy.