Zidane is Keen To Sell Gareth Bale In Summer

The latest decision to leave out Gareth Bale comes following a report by AS that claimed Zinedine Zidane is keen to sell the former Tottenham star in the summer. Bale, the 29-year-old was absent from the 19-man squad list for Madrid's penultimate game of the Liga season away to Real Sociedad, with Bale having also been left out of the 3-2 win over Villarreal last time out.

Barnett has now expressed his disappointment that his client hasn't featured more regularly in recent weeks, but that he hopes he is able to continue at Madrid. Ultimately, though, he accepts the decision will be Zidane's to make. He said: "It's a shame Bale is not playing.

"Should he be playing more after being left out of the last two squad lists? I can only hope that he keeps playing for Real Madrid. But that's up to Mr. Zidane. "Zidane makes the decision. Is this [Bale being dropped] a message ahead of the next transfer market? You'd have to ask the coach." Bale is contracted to Madrid until 2022 and has scored 14 goals in all competitions for Los Blancos this season.

However, many of the headlines at Real Madrid in recent weeks have regarded matters off the pitch rather than on it, and that was again the case in Zinedine Zidane's latest press conference. Speaking ahead of the match against Real Sociedad, Zidane was questioned about statements from Gareth Bale's agent about his future.

"No, I don't want to answer, I'm the coach of Real Madrid and he does his job," the Frenchman insisted. "I have to think about the game, playing well, that's what worries me." Journalists continued to press the coach on a conversation reported to have taken place between Zidane and Bale this week regarding his future.

"I won't tell you anything about it, private conversations are private," he said defiantly. "It's what I have to do with all of the players, but it stays internal. "Did I talk to him? Maybe no or maybe yes; with the players I talk about other things, not just the future." Bale's departure would surely lead to more money in the transfer kitty in the summer, and Zidane couldn't hide his hopes for the months ahead.

Pep Guardiola Demands More From Manchester United in 2019-20 Season

Pep Guardiola is demanding more from Manchester City squad in 2019-2020 football season. "Next season we will be stronger, I am sure. We will be stronger. We will be better," he said.

Guardiola explained in sport news conference that this season we understand what we want to do quicker [compared to last season]. We don't change too much our patterns, our way we want to play, so that is why everyone is more comfortable in what we want to do, in how we want to defend.

Guardiola further said, "I think we attack much better. Teams when they face us that have a low, low block, an incredible low block, that means 11 playing in the box, so how we attack them, we concede not too many counter-attacks, the set-pieces we defend well."

Conversely, Manchester City are on course to become the first Premier League side to retain the title since 2008-09, as they sit on 95 points, one clear of Liverpool heading into the final round of matches.

However, the defending champions travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, while Liverpool host Wolves, and victory for the Carabao Cup winners will keep alive their hopes of a domestic treble – a feat never before achieved by an English side.

The Heaven Next Agenda

Going by the Lord’s revelations to His church and comparing these to the events happening around the world today, many Christians believe as I do, that the rapture is heaven’s next big agenda (Matthews 24, Luke 21:5-36). The rapture is an event that forms part of the Lord’s Second Coming, in which the bride of Christ which is the Church, will be caught up to meet Him in the air, and they will be transported from earth to heaven.

Only those who are saved and ready for the Lord’s coming will partake of this event, which will happen shortly before the beginning of the great tribulation. The great tribulation is a time of great distress on earth which will be supervised by the antichrist himself. Although no man knows the exact time that the rapture will occur, the Bible gives us signs through which we will know that the time is near (Matthew 24:36, Mark 13:28-29). These signs include suffering, war and destruction on an unprecedented scale (Matthew 24:6-8), as well as moral decadence and high-level of corruption (Matthew 24:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-6).

Why is the rapture important? It is because this event will reveal those who really belong to Christ. It is an event in which the wheat in God’s kingdom will be separated from the tares (Matthew 13:36-43).  Those who will be raptured are blessed because they will not partake of the events which the Lord describes in Matthew 24:21 as “great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be”. (1 Thessalonians 5:9). At that time, they will be in heaven celebrating the marriage supper of the lamb (Revelation 19:5-9). Who are those qualified to partake in the rapture? The Holy Spirit answer this question in Ephesians 5:27, which says:

“That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

Christ is coming for a Church that is holy and without blemish. The reason why He washed us with His Precious Blood and cleanses us with His word is so that we can meet standard (Ephesians 5:27, John 15:3). In other words, only those who are made pure by being washed in the Blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, can be raptured. If you are not yet washed in His Blood, today is the day of your cleansing. Confess your sins to Him, accept the work of redemption He did on your behalf, and ask Him to cleanse you with His purifying blood. You will then become as white as snow, ready for the rapture (Isaiah 1:18-19). May the Lord count you worthy to partake in the rapture in Jesus’ Name.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 1 Thessalonians 4:16

READ: 1 Corinthians 15:51-58
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Father, please grant me grace to continually live a life that meets the standard of the Church Your Son is coming for in Jesus’ Name.

Exodus 17-19
Jeremiah 33:12-26

1. Ho, my comrades, see the signal, waving in the sky!
Reinforcements now appearing, victory is nigh.

o Refrain:
“Hold the fort, for I am coming,” Jesus signals still;
Wave the answer back to Heaven, “By Thy grace we will.”

2. See the mighty host advancing, Satan leading on;
Mighty ones around us falling, courage almost gone!

3. See the glorious banner waving! Hear the trumpet blow!
In our Leader’s Name we triumph over every foe.

4. Fierce and long the battle rages, but our help is near;
Onward comes our great Commander, cheer, my comrades, cheer!

Open Heavens Daily Devotional, By Pastor E. A. Adeboye.


Sunday school 2

LESSON INTRODUCTION : God's original intention at creation was to make man a showpiece from ordinary dust (Gen. 1:26-27). However, man fell short of God's expectation (Rom. 3:23). The mercy of God still prevails despite the cracks in our log of wood to make us fit into His showcase. Today, we shall examine some of God's showpieces that got cracked and how the cracks were mended to make them masterpieces. God can do the same for you.

OPENING PRAYER: Father, mold me to suit your purpose.

BIBLE PASSAGE: Jeremiah 18:1-10  1. 1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2. Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
3. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
4. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
5. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
6. O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
7. At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8. If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
9. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10. If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

MEMORY VERSE: "Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations."Isaiah 60:15

The parable of the porter's house passes some moral lessons for us to learn.
i. The porter can fashion clay to what suit his purpose. Jer. 18:3.
ii. It is not uncommon to see the clay marred. Jer. 18:4.
iii. It is not also uncommon to see the porter remoulding the marred clay. Jer. 18:4.
iv. God said, "If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them".Jer. 18:8.
v. God said, "If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good". Jer. 18:10‭-‬11.
vi. To be mended therefore consists in the clay turning to the porter and be ready to be good clay. Jer. 18:11.

           2 LESSON OUTLINES
i. God, the Master Sculptor, wanted to display His showpiece at all times.
ii. God displayed Job as an outstanding showpiece before Satan. Job 1:8.
iii. God boasted of Abraham's integrity for the world to emulate. Gen. 18:9.
iv. God showcased Elijah at Mount Carmel and Baal's prophets were destroyed while the nation turned to God. 1 Kings 18:21-40.
v. God also showcased Elijah by sending chariot of fire to carry him from earth to heaven. 2 Kings 2:11-12.
vi. God showcased Paul as a chosen vessel. Acts 9:15-16.
vii. God wants to showcase you if you surrender totally to the Lord Jesus to save and sanctify you.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: In addition to the above stated names, mention people in the Bible who God was proud of and the scripture testified their good work.

i. A sculptor, who got his cracked could either workout a new carving, patch it or drop the material.
ii. God dropped Saul and Eli being cracked  materials. 1 Sam. 13:13-14;3:11-14.
iii. God dropped cracked  materials especially when the effort to mend them did not yield desired result. For instance, warning to Eli feel on his deaf ears. 1 Sam.3:18; 2:30-33.
iv. However, " log of wood" or "materials" which cracked but surrendered themselves to the master sculptor were mended until they became masterpiece.
v. Examples of cracked but mended pieces were David and Peter. 2 Sam.12:7-13; Mark 14:66-72; John 21, 15-17.
vi. You can be mended if you truly desist from backsliding, compromising and struggling with the Holy Spirit. Jer.3:14-22.
vii. You can be mended if you surrender to Him completely. Acts 5:1-9

CLASS ACTIVITY 2: Mention those things that can make a"wood"(i.e human work in progress) to crack.

SUMMARY: You are not beyond repair if you surrender completely to Jesus.

CONCLUSION: God is still working on you. Allow Him.

EVALUATION: Give examples of cracked but mended persons.

CLOSING PRAYER: Father, work on me until I become a masterpiece.

ASSIGNMENT: Find out five (5) things each which Eli and Saul did which made God to drop them.


Love Won’t Stop

Love never stops looking for us. He will pursue us until we’ve returned to Him. We can pray for others who need to know that Love—God—never stops looking for them either.

Scripture paints a beautiful picture of God, who is Love, relentlessly beckoning His wandering children. Like a good shepherd, He cares about and seeks out every lost sheep, affirming the priceless value of every beloved child of God (Luke 15:1–7).

After I turned nineteen, and years before I owned a pager or a cell phone, I moved more than seven hundred miles away from my mom. One morning, I left early to run errands, forgetting our scheduled call. Later that night, two policemen came to my door. Mom had been worried because I’d never missed one of our chats. After calling repeatedly and getting a busy signal, she reached out to the authorities and insisted they check on me. One of the police officers turned to me and said, “It’s a blessing to know love won’t stop looking for you.”

When I picked up the phone to call my mom, I realized I had accidentally left the receiver off its base. After I apologized, she said she needed to spread the good news to the family and friends she had informed that I’d been missing. I hung up thinking she’d overreacted a bit, though it felt good to be loved that muchToday's Scripture: Luke 15:1–7

How does it encourage you to know that God continually pursues you in love? How is He using you to reveal His love to others?

Father, thank You for loving us so much that You relentlessly pursue us when we wander. Help us to remember to pray and reach out to others we know who are wandering and in need of Your love. Thank You that we are each deeply loved and valued in Your eyes. Thank You so much Farther. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen!
Bible in a Year: 2 Kings 15–16; John 3:1–18

"Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep." Luke 15:6

Reference: Our Daily Bread By Xochitl Dixon

Never Give Up!

Never give up

To give up on a matter is to surrender, to stop or quit an activity, to lose hope concerning a matter, to abandon something. To give up is to admit defeat. Many people today have admitted defeat because of some sort of delay as their  prayer request is concerned. They abandoned their prayers because didn't come speedily or as expected. But we must all know that the will of God is for us not to quit as expressed in Luke 28:1 “ One day Jesus told His disciples a story to illustrate their need for constant prayer and show them that they must never give up” [ NTL]. The widow in the refused to admit defeat and she got victory.

Sometimes, failure to persist in place of prayer proves that we are not serious about our request in the first place. The widow was serious and she got what she requested from even an unjust judge. How much more the just God.

James has this to say in chapter 5:16 ….the earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes power available ( dynamic in its working).( AMP) You may pray not see or feel power when you pray but the truth is that whatever you pray , you become more powerful than you were before praying.

Power is released when you pray. The power generated in the place of persistent prayers helps you to overpower the challenges and circumstance against you. When you have power, you don't admit defeat , it means you have not persisted in prayers for prayer activates the power at work in us.

We must never give up in the place of prayer because prayer has no expiry date. You never know when, where or how God will answer you.

Persisting in prayers makes Angels available for your help as it happened to Daniel chapter 10:12 and to Peter in Acts 12:7. Divine assistance and intervention does not envade a man who never gives up in prayers.

Persistence breaks resistance and it superimposes discouragement and God's power over stubborn issued of life.

You may be experiencing delay or disappointment in one aspect or the other of your life but I want you to know God has no pleasure in delaying your request. Rather, before your ask He had promised promised to grant your request but there may be some personal or satanic barriers standing against your prayers and the only place of victory over such barriers is in the place of persistent prayers.

If there is anytime to persist in prayer, it is now. For you are closer to your miracle and breakthrough than before. “ Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you. For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, [the door] will be opened.” (AMP; Matthew 7:7-8 )

Do not leave the door you have been knocking because response is coming. Dooris opening unto you. Help is coming your way, barriers are lifted and divine intervention are close by if you refuse to admit defeat.

Never forgot, your breakthrough is closer than you think. Stay a bit longer in prayers. Your awaiting is not a waste. Your strength and power is been received in His presence. Strategies are been received in His presence as you tarry more. There is sure to be a new dawn if you never give up.  

US Vice President Directs NASA to Return to US Astronauts to the Moon by 2024

Lunar Lander

The US Vice President Mike Pence earlier this year directed NASA to return U.S. astronauts to the surface of the moon within the next five years. NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine answered by saying the agency will meet the White House's directive, which represents an acceleration of NASA's existing lunar exploration timeline. However, the chairman of Amazon , Jeff Bezos and the founder of Blue Origin disclosed to  take astronauts to the moon by the year 2024 with his space company's lunar lander for the first time.

Jeff Bezos said that the vehicle will  going to the moon, during an invite-only presentation to media and space  executives. Bezos added , "We were given a gift — this nearby body called the moon," He further said that the moon is a good place to begin manufacturing in space due to its lower gravity than the Earth.

Blue Origin, established nearly two decades ago, has remained relatively quiet about the rockets, engines and capsules it is developing. With its Latin tagline of "step by step, ferociously," Blue Origin has been working on multiple space systems at the same time. Bezos invests more than $1 billion in the company each year, through sales of his Amazon shares.

The Blue Moon lander can bring 3.6 metric tons to the lunar surface, according to Bezos. He also disclosed that the company's BE-7 rocket engine at the event. The engine will be test fired for the first time this summer, Bezos said. It's largely made of "printed" parts, he added.
"I love Vice President Pence's 2024 lunar landing goal," Bezos said, adding that Blue Origin can meet that timeline "because we started this three years ago." Getting resources from the moon "takes 24 times less energy to get it off the surface compared to the Earth," Bezos said, and "that is a huge lever."

The Nature to Do Right

There’s a force in you, an ability or nature that compels you to do what’s right and required of God as a way of life; it’s called righteousness. Being born again, you’ve been called to express and manifest the righteousness of God. That’s Christianity. We don’t struggle to do right. We’re born with the new nature of God to live right.

And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them (Ezekiel 36:27).

The Lord didn’t say, “I will put my spirit within you and you’ll struggle to please me”; no! Rather, He said, “...I will put my spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes….”

Some have never really understood the doctrine of righteousness as revealed in God’s Word, and that’s the reason they still struggle with sin. They don’t understand righteousness as a nature, the divine element that causes us to act, talk and live right. You can decide you’re not going to do something that’s wrong and stand your ground, because sin has no power over you. This is possible because God already made you righteous. Living right is the product of righteousness. The ability to do the right things can only flow naturally from a righteous spirit.

Some of your actions may still be imperfect, but that doesn’t in any way negate your nature as the righteousness of God in Christ. What you need is to keep growing and increasing in the knowledge of God. Keep learning and acting on God’s Word, and your life and actions will be in sync with His righteousness.

There’re those who say it’s human nature to do wrong; “to err is human,” they’d say. That’s the reason your human nature was replaced with the nature of righteousness when you were born again. The life inside you now is not the human life that’s subject to sin; it’s the God-life, and it’s sin-proof (Romans 6:14). You’re no longer subject to the limitations and imperfections of the human nature. You’re now a partaker of the divine nature, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of God that created you (Colossians 3:10).

Live in this light—in the consciousness that you have the nature of God in you to do right, and live righteously unto God. Hallelujah!

Dear Father, thank you for your righteousness in me, which produces in me the ability to do right and fulfil your will always. I produce fruits of righteousness, do the works of righteousness, and manifest your goodness to the world, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Study
Romans 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Daily Scripture Reading

1-Year Bible Reading Plan
John 5:1-30 & 1 Kings 4-6

2-Year Bible Reading Plan
Mark 9:14-29 & Numbers 13

Rhapsody Of Reality By Pastor Chris

Pope Francis Takes Concrete Action to Tackle Church Sexual Abuse

Sequel to Pope Francis promised in February to take concrete action to tackle church sexual abuse. Pope Francis has further made  it mandatory for Roman Catholic clergy to report cases of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups to the Church.

In an Apostolic letter, which is set to become Church law, Pope Francis makes clear that any sexual advance involving the use of power will now be considered abusive.

The new Apostolic letter makes clear that clerics should also follow state law and meet their obligations to report any abuse to the competent civil authorities according to the content of the letter.

Not alone that, the clarification is being seen as a message to the Church hierarchy that no-one will be exempt from scrutiny. The new guidelines were welcomed by some Vatican commentators, who argued that they broke new ground in attempts to end Church sexual abuse.

North Korea Shot Two Short Range Missiles

The North Korea shot two short range missiles the military from the South Korea uttered. Analysts said that the North is trying to increase pressure on the United States over its failure to make concessions. The two missiles were fired at about 16:30 local time (07:30 GMT) and reached an altitude of about fifty kilometres before falling into the sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

However, the missiles fired from the north-western city of Kusong travelled 420km (260 miles) and 270km towards the east.They were launched from Kusong, some 160km from the capital, Pyongyang. Detailed analysis was being carried out in co-operation with United State intelligence officials, it added.

It can be observed that the tests came as a top United States envoy is in South Korea for talks on how to break the deadlock over nuclear negotiations.

More over, the North fired several short-range missiles, the first missile test since it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile in November 2017.