The New President of the Senate Declared His Intention Pass Bill Within Three Months


The new President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan declared his intentions to pass bill within three months.

It is paramount to note that every Nigerian wants to see the National Assembly pass the budget in good time and it's something both of us in the National Assembly have bought into - that we'll pass the budget within three months by the grace of God.

Lawan said that henceforth the National Assembly would ensure the passage of the nation's appropriation bill within three months of its submission by the executive arm of government.

Lawan stated this known when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after joining President Muhammadu Buhari to perform the weekly Friday's Juma'at prayer at the Aso Rock Mosque, Abuja.

The Senate President, therefore, called for sacrifice on the part of NASS and the executive so as to create "a window for budget defence only, a dedicated period and timeframe, say a month of which only budget defence will be carried out in the national assembly.

"After that for example, every minister or head of agency who did not come to defend the budget of that institution, the National Assembly would go ahead to work on such a budget appropriately.''

The World's Largest Aircraft for Sale

Stratolaunch - largest airplane

Stratolaunch is the world’s largest aircraft by wingspan in auction for sale. The aircraft stretches 385 feet (117 meters). The airplane is powered by six jet engines salvaged from Boeing 747 aircraft.

Holding company Vulcan is seeking to sell Stratolaunch at $400 million, people familiar with the matter. Vulcan is the investment conglomerate of the late billionaire Paul Allen.

A Microsoft co-founder, Allen passed away last October following complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

The hefty price tag includes ownership of the airplane as well as the intellectual property and facilities.

Allen’s vision of a massive flying airplane to launch rockets from the sky was at least partially fulfilled in April, when Stratolaunch flew for the first time after about eight years in development.

Based in the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, the giant airplane flew for more than two hours before landing after what was deemed a successful first flight.

Do Not Hope For Luck


Don’t hope for luck. Don’t hope that God might just do something, no! You’re already a blessed person. Do you know what that means? It means nothing is too good for you or beyond your reach. Being born again, you don’t function by luck; you walk in the Word. The Word of God is your light: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field (Deuteronomy 28:3).

Some people go through life groping in the dark, hoping that someday, they might just be lucky and things will work out for them. You’d hear them make statements like, “Maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll get the contract”; “maybe if I’m lucky, I’ll get the appointment I’ve been desiring.” They’re hoping for luck in their finances, in their businesses, and even in their relationships. Such people haven’t been exposed to the light of God’s Word.

The light of God in your spirit will direct you to be at the right place at the right time, walking in paths preordained by God. The light of God in you causes you to walk in divine favour. God’s got everything fixed in your behalf. He has the right people to help you, at the right time, and in the right place.

The Bible says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). With this understanding, say to yourself: “God has the right people to help me, at the right time, and in the right place; He’ll guide me to them, or He’ll guide them to me. One way or another, we’ll meet.” Hallelujah!

Remember, He’s already blessed you with everything you require for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). He’s already blessed you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Live as a blessed man or woman. Be blessing-conscious; don’t hope for luck.

Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you for blessing me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus. I don’t lack anything good because all things are mine. Thank you, Lord, for you have the right people to help me, at the right time, and in the right places, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study
Deuteronomy 28:3-6 Blessed [shalt] thou [be] in the city, and blessed [shalt] thou [be] in the field. 4 Blessed [shall be] the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed [shall be] thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed [shalt] thou [be] when thou comest in, and blessed [shalt] thou [be] when thou goest out.  

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.  

1 Corinthians 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

Daily Scripture Reading  
1-Year Bible Reading Plan
Acts 4:32-5:1-11
2 Chronicles 20-22

2-Year Bible Reading Plan
Luke 1:39-56
Deuteronomy 12
Reference
Rhapsody Of Realities Daily Devotional

Homophobia And Transphobia Have Been Made Crimes In Brazil



In Brazil homophobia and transphobia have been made crimes following the votes. Six of the Supreme Federal Tribunal’s 11 judges had already voted in favour of the measure in late May, giving the ruling a majority. The final justices voted Thursday for a tally of eight votes for and three against.

Not that alone racism was made a crime in Brazil in 1989 with prison sentences of up to five years. The court’s judges ruled that homophobia should be framed within the racism law until the country’s Congress approves legislation specifically dealing with LGBT discrimination.

The court’s judges have said the ruling was to address an omission that had left the LGBT community legally unprotected.

“In a discriminatory society like the one we live in, the homosexual is different and the transsexual is different. Every preconception is violence, but some impose more suffering than others,” said Justice Carmen Lucia.

Brazil’s Supreme Court officially made homophobia and transphobia crimes similar to racism on Thursday, with the final justices casting their votes, in a ruling that comes amid fears that the country’s far-right administration is seeking to roll back LGBT social gains.

Conditions For Anointing

The word anointing is used in several passages of the Bible with reference to the consecration of prophets, kings, priest and things devoted to the worship of God. By these consecration, these persons or things are set apart and empowered to act in God’s power as His representatives on earth. The anointing therefore, refers to the power of God made available through His manifest presence. We see a manifestation of what the anointing is, how it operates and why it is given in Luke 5:17, which says:

“ And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”

It is something special to witness the outpouring of God’s anointing, which is usually accompanied by His manifest power and magnificent presence. Whenever God decides to reveal the operation of His power through the operation of the anointing, natural laws become temporarily suspended, and we see miracles, signs and wonders of great magnitude. Consequently, children of God always desire such rare opportunities to experience the supernatural, just as people gather from far and near in Luke 5:17. However, God’s anointing is a free gift that money cannot buy. Even the most precious jewel on earth cannot be offered in exchange for it. Because our God does not cast His pearls before swine, certain conditions must be met for anyone who desires to operate in His anointing (Matthew 7:6).

1 Kings 18:30-38shows some deliberate steps Prophet Elijah took to activate the anointing of God. First when the appointed time of worship came, he repaired the altar of the Lord that was broken down. He did everything orderly and meticulously, following divine instructions. Thereafter, he called upon the Name of the Lord in prayer and worship, and God answered by fire. Therefore, if you want to activate God’s anointing in your life, you must first rebuild the altar of God and present yourself before Him as a living sacrifice without any blemish (Romans 12:1). You must be a true worshipper who worships God in spirit and in truth, making sure to adhere strictly to His pattern and instructions as revealed in the Bible. Finally, you must learn to wait patiently for God. There was a waiting period before the fire of the Holy Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:4). The anointing makes you a terror to the kingdom of darkness and a notable representative of the Most High God. May the fire of God’s anointing fall mightily upon you today in the Name of Jesus.
MEMORISE:
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:9

READ:    Acts 8:18-24
18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

23 For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

24 Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the LORD for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.

ACTION POINT:
Assess yourself to see whether the parameters that attracted the anointing in today’s memory verse are present in your life.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:  Numbers 10-11
Jeremiah 52:24-34

HYMN 11:
WHEN THE POWER OF GOD DESCENDED

1.When the power of God descended
On the day of Pentecost,
All the day of waiting ended,
They received the Holy Ghost

Refrain:
O Lord, send the power just now,
O Lord send the power just now,
O Lord send the power just now,
And baptize, every one.

2.Tongues of flame came down upon them,
And they preached the word in power,
Listening multitudes awakened
Turned to God that very hour.

3.We are waiting Holy Spirit
We are all of one accord,
Lord fulfill just now the promise
That is given in thy Word.

4.Fill and thrill us with Thy presence,
Grant the blessing that we need
Flood our souls with wondrous glory,
While the prayer of faith we plead.

REFERENCE:
OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL BY PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE

Twitter Removes 4,779 Accounts Associated With Iranian Government

Twitter

The microblogging platform Twitter has removed 4,779 accounts, it believes "are associated with or directly backed by the Iranian government." The US platform said it had taken the material off its network, but would make it available to researchers and investigators studying online threats.
Twitter  released a new archive of state-backed propaganda from accounts it has banned based in Iran, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. But Twitter, in a blog post by head of site integrity Yoel Roth, said "transparency is core to our mission" and vowed to fight "misleading, deceptive, and spammy behaviour".

Twitter has previously targeted alleged Russian bots, and this archive contains four more accounts that the firm believes are associated with the Internet Research Agency (IRA).

Technology firms have been accused of allowing political propagandists to use social media to hijack elections, poison online debate and smear their opponents.

The firm's third such archive, representing more than 30 million tweets and a terabyte of media data from just under 5,000 suspected accounts.

Most of these were found to be spreading news stories angled to support Iranian geopolitical interests or to be fake user profiles designed to manipulate online debate. A smaller sub-group, originating in Iran, exclusively "engaged with discussions related to Israel".


Mars 2020 Rover Looks For Signs Of Ancient Life As It Goal


The goal of the Mars 2020 rover is to look for signs of ancient life. It will be the first spacecraft to collect samples of the Martian surface, caching them in tubes that could be returned to Earth on a future mission.

The atmosphere on Mars is mostly carbon dioxide and extremely thin, about 100 times less dense than the Earth's, with no breathable oxygen. There's no water on the surface and the landscape is freezing, with no protection from the Sun's radiation or from passing dust storms.

The key to survival will be technology, research and testing, said Jet Propulsion Laboratory adding Mars 2020 will help on all those fronts. When it is launched in July 2020, the spacecraft will carry the latest scientific and engineering tools.

Before touchdown on Mars, sensors in the spacecraft's aeroshell, the capsule that encloses the rover, will study how it heats up and performs during atmospheric entry.

The rover has a guidance system that will take a step toward safer landings. Called Terrain Relative Navigation, this new system figures out where the spacecraft is headed by taking camera images during descent and matching landmarks in them to a pre-loaded map. The spacecraft drifts toward dangerous terrain, it will divert to a safer landing target.

Living on Mars will require a steady supply of oxygen. A cube-shaped device, called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment, is exploring a space-saving alternative that converts carbon dioxide into oxygen.

More so, the NASA's Mars 2020 rover, the latest robotic mission to the Red Planet, will include technology to explore ancient life on Mars, according to the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Every Successful Person Has A Painful Story, So Never Give Up.


Without risk no reward

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Excellence is not a skill. It is an Attitude. A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier yourself. The suit a Pastor wears is not what makes him a shepherd,but the needs he and his ministry are meeting. The seat you occupy in the church does not make you a shepherd, but the needs of the flock you are meeting!

When you are unteachable, you hinder yourself from learning what you need to know to succeed. But staying teachable in every area of ministry will help you become the best you can be in fulfilling the call of God on your life. You can learn many valuable lessons from experienced ministers who are established in the Word and well-acquainted with the Holy Spirit. If you want to walk closely with God and learn to minister in His power,be teachable and open to instructions. For the rest of your life and ministry,make every day an opportunity to learn something valuable in God!

Anyone who spends time regretting the past, loses the present and risks the future. Oh yes, the past can really hurt. But the amazing thing is that, you can either run from it or learn from it. I have grown to realize that History is a vast early warning system. Live life with no regrets and no resentments. Whatever happened in the past, forgive yourself and others. Choose love again.
                                                       
Between you and every goal that you wish to achieve, there are series of obstacles, and the bigger the goal, the bigger the obstacles. Your decision to be, have and do something out of the ordinary entails facing difficulties and challenges that are out of the ordinary as well. Sometimes your greatest asset is simply your ability to stay with it longer than anyone else does. Do what you can, where you are, with the little you have.

Success in the ministry comes when you learn to be faithful and committed,even when it hurts your flesh. For instance,you must be willing to go where the Lord wants you to go,even when you don't want to go there. If you are called to preach,you will have to be committed to preach the Word,even when you don't feel like it!

Celebrate endings for they precede new beginnings. Don't cry because it's over rather Smile because it happened. When one door of happiness closes, another Joyous one opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Living a consecrated Christian life is a necessity,not a luxury. All your Bible study and praying won't profit you if you don't live consecrated before the Lord,because you can't persist in sin and succeed in the ministry!

People will become spiritually sick if all you feed them is spiritual dessert. Sometimes people need to hear strong sermons on commitment and obedience! I have come to believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you can eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
                                                        
This hurting world doesn't need ill-prepared ministers who cause problems because they are still carnal and spiritually ignorant! The world doesn't need ministers who get off into error and become religious charlatans,using the ministry as a means of personal profit rather than as an avenue to help hurting people. So be sure you don't launch into active ministry prematurely. There are no shortcuts in God's training programme. RIt's the same way in the natural realm. There are not any shortcuts when it comes to learning anything worthwhile!  When you behave as if you owned the whole world; you are extravagant in your dressing and in the way you spend money,you are inviting poverty!

A school bell that sounds as a disturbance at 8:am also sounds interesting at 2:00pm is just a matter of time. So don't envy anyone. Not everyone walking fast has an appointment. Some have running stomach! If a rose smells better than tomatoes, It doesn't mean the rose can make a better stew. Don't try to compare yourself to others. You also have your own strength, look for it and build on it. All animals that exist, were in Noah's ark. A snail is one of those animals. If God could wait long enough for snails to enter Noah's ark; His door of grace won't close till you reach your expected position in life. Never look down on yourself, keep looking up. Remember that Broken crayons still color. Keep on pushing, you never can tell how close you are to your goal.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Declares Intentions to Make Podiums With Plastics

2020 Olympics Preparations

2020 Tokyo Olympics committee has declared their intentions to make her stadium podiums with plastics which will collected from local agents and residents.

Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the plan would help push a message of sustainability, which organisers want to be a key theme of the Games next year.

"By sending that message to both Japan and the rest of the world, we think this project will have great significance," he told reporters.

Plastic for the project will be gathered at more than 2,000 outlets of a local supermarket chain, where boxes will be set out for Tokyo residents to drop off their recyclable plastic waste.

It will be the first time podiums have been made from recycled materials and organisers say they will need about 45 tonnes of plastic to fashion around 100 podiums for the Games.

Plastic for the project will be gathered at more than 2,000 outlets of a local supermarket chain, where boxes will be set out for Tokyo residents to drop off their recyclable plastic waste.

The project will also use plastic waste that has been collected from the ocean during marine clean-ups.

The 2020 organisers have been keen to promote an eco-friendly message with the Games, including making all the medals from recycled electronic waste.

Sold Out To Jesus?

I loved you at your darkest

Speaking in several passages of the Bible, the Holy Spirit makes it clear that anyone who will follow Jesus must possess a single-minded desire, characterized by faith, loyalty, enthusiasm and devotion to God (Luke 9:62, Acts 14:22, Titus 2:14, Hebrews 6:12). In other words, as true disciples of Jesus, we are to be filled with unrestricted and single-minded zeal for God and live our lives completely sold-out to Him. Indeed, God expects us to love Him above everything else in this world (Deuteronomy 6:5). Our Lord says in Mark 8:34b-35:

“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.”

This simply means that anyone who follow Jesus Christ must deny himself by refusing to satisfy personal interest or desires. As a child of God, you are expected to deny yourself of personal interest and desires that are in conflict with God’s commandments or ways of His kingdom. God’s will must have priority above all other interests in your life, and His laws should be your yardstick for measuring what is right or wrong. Jesus further warned His followers against working to gain people’s approval, promising that those who run the risk of displeasing men for His sake will end up gaining everything.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38

When we love God with all our heart, soul and mind, we naturally develop great passion and zeal for anything that concerns Him. This kind of zeal propelled the heros of faith in the Bible to accomplish great things we read about today. Being totally sold out to God, Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son, David confronted a lion, a bear and Goliath, the three Hebrew boys defied the fiery furnace, and Daniel boldly went into the lion’s den. Driven by pure zeal for God, Stephen faced death with unwavering boldness, and the apostles did great exploits for Him. By the grace of God, Christians are still doing great things for God today, especially in the least expected places. Notwithstanding this, the Bible warns against zeal without knowledge, which breeds religious fanaticism and bigotry. From today onwards, be zealous for God, and you will see Him move heaven and earth just for you.
MEMORISE:

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  
2 Timothy 2:3

READ: 2 Corinthians 11:22-33

22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.

23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.

31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

PRAYER POINT:
Father, please grant me grace to declare your word with boldness and zeal to all those around me, in Jesus’ Name.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Numbers 5-6
Jeremiah 51:41-58

HYMN 10: I HAVE DECIDED TO FOLLOW JESUS

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though- none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
My cross I’ll carry, till I see Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
No turning back, no turning back.

REFERENCE:
OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL

Mangoes Declared Surplus In Philippines

Mango

Over two millions mangoes ( Mangifera indica) kilogrammes have been declared abundant in Philippines following a high level of crop yield. Emmanuel Piñol uttered that "currently a surplus of about two million kilos of mangoes in Luzon" as he stated this from a reliable source.
Emmanuel Piñol said the last time stocks were this high was "after the El Niño of 2015 and 2016".
In this regard the prizes of mangoes have fallen due to high supply. Even in some areas mangoes are selling for as little as 20 pesos.

The country's agriculture secretary said the extra mangoes were the result of a "dry spell caused El Niño".

The El Niño phenomenon occurs naturally and has a major influence on weather patterns around the world.

The government has launched a marketing campaign in a bid to sell one million kilos of the fruit in June before they begin to rot.