Thursday, 5 June 2014

Second Album ‘Revelation’ Released by Obi Shine


Obi shine whose real names are Obinna Chike Okochi Came out with his first single in 2006 produced by Chris Shalom titled SHINING. In 2007, he buzzed the airwaves yet again with his debut album titled WELCOME TO MY WORLD which had in it the hit song SHINING. In 2008, he shot the video of his hit single SHINING and in November of the same year he got his first nomination 4 NMVA (Nigeria Music Video Award) and got the best award for best Gospel Video Act of the year. In December 2008, the same year, he was the opening act of the Praise Jam hosted by Dan Foster; it was the biggest gospel show at the time. In 2009, Obi Shine got his first invitation to do a United Kingdom tour. In 2010, he came out wit his new single NGALABA and had a reload of his WELCOME TO MY WORLD album.

In february 2010, he came out with the video for his single NGALABA and got his first nomination in the United Kingdom where the song was tipped for Best Gospel Song in black diaspora and that same year, he got nominated for an award “the kingdom song of the year awards”.




In 2011, he bagged the PRAISE AWARD. IN 2012, he was invited to Ghana because of his hit single which was most played by Nigerians. The brand which was called “The TEN MOST PLAYED GOSPEL SONGS” and only Obi Shine was the only gospel artist that was African in the 10 list. Obi Shine has toured countries like in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Russia, United Kingdom, Netherlands, etcetera. He has worked and shared platforms with gospel acts like Samsong, Frank Edwards, Sinach, Sammy Okposo, Lara George, Midnight Crew, Mike Aremu, etc. Due to promotional and career logistics he appeared to be silent for a while.

He is also a member of the Believers’ Loveword Incorporated popularly called Christ Embassy and has traveled with the man of God Rev Chris Oyakhilome to several countries of the world doing what God has called him to do.

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Crystal Awards 2014 To Hold on Sunday, July 20 At MUSON Centre, Lagos



Nigeria’s most prestigious Gospel music awards, The Crystal Awards 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, 20th July at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. Red carpet will start by 5pm prompt.
This year’s event is tagged ‘Take Over’ and will feature live performances by top Gospel acts.
Attendance is strictly by invitation. Kindly call +2348028419620 or +2348022232346 for seat reservations.






Meanwhile, voting is still on and will end on Tuesday 15th July 2014.
See the full list of nominees here> http://crystalgospelawards.com/nominees

To vote: Text CRYSTAL (Space) CATEGORY (space) NAME OF NOMINEE to 33140 from an MTN, GLO, Airtel or Etisalat line.
For more information, please follow @Crystal_Awards on twitter, email info@crystalgospelawards.com or visit www.crystalgospelawards.com.


Source: http://www.praiseworldradio.com/crystal-awards-2014-hold-sunday-july-20-muson-centre-lagos/

Monday, 2 June 2014

The Difference Between Love and Lust

Bible Summary. There is a vast difference between love and lust. Lust only cares for itself. It is focused totally on the object of its desire in order to fulfill it's own selfish desires. On the other hand, love is completely unselfish. Love has compassion for the object of its affection. Love does not expect anything in return. Love transcends the material world and is solely focused on spiritual things. Love is God. God is the source of real love. See below for Biblical advice and scriptures concerning telling the difference between love and lust. Key Bible verses: 1 John 3:17, 1 Corinthians 13:5, Matthew 22:37, and 1 John 4:8.
 
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Lust Only Cares For Itself.
A key difference between love and lust is that lust only cares for itself (self love). Lust always focuses on an object to fulfill its desire. This object can be a woman, money, a car, a dress, fried chicken – anything. Lust has no room for love or compassion.
See Scripture Commentary: 1 John 3:17 advices us that true love is always compassionate and never selfish.

A Illustration on Lust: 
Love Is Unselfish.
Another key difference between love and lust is that love is completely unselfish. Love has compassion for the object of its affection. Christian love is "agape" love, a love that offers unmerited favor. Its affection does not expect anything in return.
See Scripture Commentary: 1 Corinthians 13:5 advises us that love is unselfish.

Love Comes From The Heart, Lust Comes From The Flesh.
Lust is part of the material world attempting to satisfy one of the five senses. Lust's sole aim is to satisfy the flesh. Love transcends the material world and is solely focused on spiritual things. Love's sole motive is to bestow affection and compassion upon people and God.
See Scripture Commentary: Matthew 22:37 advises us how important it is to love God with all our heart.

Love Is God, Lust Is Not.
The key difference between lust and love is that love is God and selfish lust is not of God. Like truth, God is the source of all love. Anyone without love does not have God in him. Anyone with true "agape" love has God in him.
See Scripture Commentary: 1 John 4:8 advices us that love is God.

Source:http://access-jesus.com/difference-between-love-and-lust.html )

What is sin according to Bible?

A simple question we need answered is the identification of what sin actually is. The Bible gives us several brief descriptions of what constitutes sin.
"All wrong doing is sin." 1 John 5: 17
"Everything that does not come from faith is sin." Romans 14: 23
"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins." James 4: 17
"Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness," 1 John 3: 4
It is an interesting point, that with these definitions of sin, not one refers to a devil or Satan. The writer James describes the sin process in detail, and yet leaves out any reference to a devil or Satan having any input to the process:
"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. "When tempted, no one should say, 'God is tempting me.' For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death." James 1: 12–15
James here presents a logical process that begins with one's own evil desire, and finishes up with one's death. If there was a devil to blame, then certainly James did not mention it, although he had opportunity to mention it when he rejected all possibility of the original temptation step as coming from God.
The apostle Paul spoke of a similar situation from his experience. Note carefully his argument.
"For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do - this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it." Romans 7: 19, 20
Paul, in effect, states that there is something in the make-up of his flesh, that makes him sin. He refers to it as a 'sinful nature'. In the previous chapter, Paul had stated:
"Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all have sinned - for before the law was given, sin was in the world." Romans 5: 12, 13
It is clear from this passage, that Paul states that sin entered the world through one man, Adam. He does not say that sin entered the world through the devil or through Satan. In fact, throughout his letter to the Romans (in which he forcibly argues the nature of sin and its end result) he mentions 'sin' or 'sins' 48 times, but makes absolutely no mention at all of Satan, or of any devil. It would be well to reflect on this factor as we consider the subject of sin. The principal book of the Bible that deals with the subject of temptation and sin, Romans, does not mention the devil or Satan within its pages.

Groove Awards winners 2014 announced

 NTV’s Crossover 101 team receiving an ward after winning the Best Gospel TV show award during the NTV's gospel show 'Crossover 101' won the Best Gospel TV show award Sunday night during the Groove Awards gala night, held at the KICC. One of the show's hosts, DJ Mo, also won the Best DJ award.
The glamorous event, hosted by NTV's news anchor Victoria Rubadiri and DJ Soxxy, was the ninth edition of the awards since its inception in 2004.
Most of the winners were upcoming musicians who managed to knock down the veterans in different categories.
The biggest winners of the night were Sarah K, who bagged three awards, including the Female Artiste of the Year, and singer Bahati, who bagged the Male Artiste of the Year award.
Even though Sarah K was not at the event, her son and producer received the awards on her behalf, saying that the singer was in a performance tour in the US.
Bahati, who was also a performer in the event, thanked all those who voted for him.
The Song of the Year award went to new comer Pitson, for his 'Lingala Ya Yesu' hit song.
In the Collaboration of the Year category, Betty Bayo's song with Mr Seed, 'Ngai Ti Mundu', managed to beat veterans like Rufftone and Daddy Owen to win that award.
In a tougher category, singer Size 8 managed to beat veteran singers like Jimmy Gait, Alice Kamande, Daddy Owen and DK Kwenye Beat in the Video of the Year category.
New comer L-Jay Maasai also managed to beat other veterans like Emmy Kosgey, among others, to win the Rift Valley Song of the Year award, with his song 'Laleiyo', featuring Shiro wa GP.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to fallen singer Peter Kaberere, who died early April this year, for his outstanding contribution as an event organizer and gospel singer. His wife Njeri Kaberere was there to receive the award.
This year's guest of honour was Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, who is her speech promised to review the revenue stream in the music industry.
"I'm sure musicians make a lot of revenue off the sale of their music, but what gets to the musician is not more than 20 per cent. My ministry will take responsibility and review that," she said.
A total of Sh2 million was pledged to go towards the winners of the awards, and also part of the money is meant to support a charity of their choice.
The 16 winners will also have a chance to have lunch at State House with President Uhuru Kenyatta, according to Ms Waiguru.

          Source ( http://www.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/Groove-Awards-winners-2014-announced/-/1190/2334688/-/sykdqpz/-/index.html )

News: Kefee Speaks On Her Illness

  Yesterday Nigerian gospel singer Kefee was reported ill as she fainted on the airplane while flying to Chicago, and an emergency landing was made to rush her to the hospital.
Well the singer is healthy now as she has assured her fans that’s she’s doing well after the recent health scare. she took to twitter to thank everyone for their prayers.

‘Thanks for your prayers & well wishes, my people “nothing dey happen and No shaking.” (sic)’, Kefee tweeted on her twitter handle.
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                                           "WE WISH YOU PERFECTION"

Sunday, 1 June 2014

5 things you should never wear to a place of worship




I was attending Sunday service with my very fashionable father during the holidays.  Before the sermon began, we engaged in spirited conversation on who had on the best shoes. I did, of course. Then my dad saw a young lady possibly in her late teens wearing a mini skirt just barely covering her goods, black thigh-high leggings and a pair of platform stiletto boots.  She had on a bomber jacket since it was dreadfully cold outside, and she was sitting in one of the front pews with an adult (possibly her parent).  My dad whispered to me in his joking fashion, “When did they change the dress code? I missed that memo.”  We both laughed.  
But what to wear to church isn’t so funny, really.  I frequently get emails from readers wanting to know what’s appropriate to wear to the office, to a wedding and –  to church. I ran across an interesting article in Christianity Today about appropriate clothing for church. What we wear to church matters, the article states,  ”We deceive ourselves when we breezily claim that God doesn’t care about what we wear to church. God cares about our hearts, and what we wear is often an expression of our hearts. So what does our relaxed worship attire say about us?”  
I’m  not sure if God really cares about our underwear, however, I do know what we wear matters in how people treat us and how we are perceived. And there’s that respect factor – for yourself and for others. Yes, it depends on the type of place you worship. Some are more casual than others, but modesty is key.  
Here are 5 things you should never to wear to a place of worship WHEREVER you attend:  


1.  Ultra high mini skirts. Who wants to see your underwear during the sermon, really?  

2. Plunging cleavage. Save it for your earthly date, not your meeting with God.  

3. Heavy fragrance. For the young and the more mature churchgoers, too much fragrance makes it hard to breathe when you’re snuggled close in the pews.  

4. Anything you wear to bed or to a club. Sagging pants, pajamas, flip flops, unwalkable platform stilettos, and butt cleavage is distracting anywhere.  

 5. Noisy jewelry, shoes, buckles.
Just like in the workplace, anything that distracts people from the task at hand is typically inappropriate.  



Thoughts anyone?



Source ( http://blog.chron.com/shopgirl/2012/01/5-things-you-should-never-wear-to-a-place-of-worship/#2794101=10 )

Panam Percy Paul: Icon Of Gospel Music


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With over 14 albums and numerous accolades, Dr Panam Percy Paul is an icon in the gospel industry within Africa and an inspiration to all generations all over the world. Meeting him in person, one is awed by his humility and deep knowledge of all things music. 
As someone who has been around for more than four decades, you have become a celebrated musician and respected as the man who has seen it all.How does this make you feel?
Honestly, I feel good, happy and elated. The 40 years we are celebrating is my time as a gospel minister. Before I became a gospel singer, I had played secular music in the club for about 10 years. So, adding everything up, let’s say I’ve been in the game for about 50 years.   I feel very elated, not because of the longevity, but because I think I’ve been able to utilise my time well in affecting the society, moulding a whole generation and also igniting and, probably, starting a ministry that did not exist before. Today, it’s not only a ministry; it’s also an industry that is worth over N1bn. I am not, in any way, trying to take the glory for myself but I’m just giving gratitude to God. Despite all the rejection I went through – I was disowned by my father – I have become a global phenomenon. Also, the fact that there are reliable people who I can gladly pass the baton to makes me happy.
What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?
There have been challenges, of course, but I thank God for making me overcome them. For me, music has been a calling and growing up was great, because my father taught me to play various instruments, especially the accordion, in 1961. I was also fascinated with the drums and my dad also took me to a music teacher who trained me on how to use my voice for about five years. That was the kind of background I had. So, this gave me the confidence I needed to overcome later problems in life. One major challenge I had was convincing my father to accept that I had become a gospel musician. He wanted me to join the army, since he was a major in the army. But I was so drawn to and overwhelmed by music. In fact, the attraction was too strong. My father said he would have understood if I had said I wanted to be a regular pastor and that he would give me every support. But (in his own words) “to be walking down the street with a guitar… I just don’t understand what kind of pastoring that is”. I had lots and lots of job offers just to keep me away from music but none of them worked out.
Then one day, I visited my father, not knowing that he had invited his lawyer. The lawyer came with my dad’s will and blotted out my name completely. At that time, I didn’t know what it meant, until I paid him a visit in Yola some years after he disowned me. I tried greeting him the normal way I used to but he did not respond. It was then it dawned on me that I had really been disowned. Nineteen years later, during the release of my album Master of the Universe in Yola, my father was there. The surprising thing was that, despite the fact that we were not on good terms, my father had all my albums. I mean, he loved them. He had finally come to terms with the fact that I was a gospel minister. It took him 19 years to accept that. After the concert I drove him home and while we were in the car, he said he was sorry. He also pointed out that, “for the first time in your life you did not obey me”.
Growing up, did you have any musical influences?
Yeah I had a few. Cliff Richards, Otis Redding, James Brown, the Everly Brothers, Sam Cook and a little bit of Elvis Presley. These guys had an impact on me while I was growing up. Gospel-wise, there was nobody at that time for me to look up to.
So, it is safe to conclude that you are the pioneer of African Gospel music?
Yes, it is quite safe to say that.
As a full-time minister, how have you been able to juggle your ministry and family life?
In all my years as a man, husband and father, I’ve come to realise that everything is based on timing. You can’t be a father, an engineer or a husband for 24 hours. So, whenever I’m with my children, I’m a father. Whenever I’m with my wife, I’m a husband. When I’m in church, I’m a pastor. When I’m on stage, I’m a music minister. I learnt from my father that you can do everything in one day. You just have to apportion time for everything. At a point, everything I did was music. I couldn’t function, think, eat or sleep. Everything was music. I once rehearsed for 27 hours straight. I had neither day nor night! I have also gone three weeks without a wink and I have done that three times. As shocking as it might sound, I went one and a half years without food. I was only drinking water and Lucozade boost and this was before the release of my album Bring Back the Glory 1. I lost appetite for food from May 1984 to December 12th 1986. When people ask me the reason for this, I just tell them I wanted to be close to God. I wanted to interact with him. At some point, I thought I was possessed – with the spirit of music, that is!
You have performed all over the world and at many concerts, but have you been able to survive off the proceeds of music alone? Do you have any other source of income?
I think the major thing is the satisfaction you derive from meeting the needs of people who in need of words of encouragement and life. That is the basic payment for me. What I want to achieve is passing on the scroll to the next generation. This is one of the reasons why I made the concert free for everybody. I could have asked people to pay and they would have but you cannot put a price on the anointing that people receive at my concerts. But then, if you want to know if gospel music pays, I can tell you that it does in the long run, especially when you have a good database of fans or followers who will gladly buy your CDs and support your music.
What do you think about gospel music in Nigeria? Has it come around the bend or has the quality of music released these days reduced drastically?
We have certainly grown. The quality of music and technology has improved considerably. From my day when you had to come into the studio with your band and rehearse then record a take. If you miss it, you had to start again. Today, you can record and correct as many times as you wants. So I’ll say musicianship, as well as quality of production, have improved. Our song writing, in terms of gospel music, hasn’t improved. There are a few great songwriters out there and this shows in the level of acceptability they enjoy. Generally, our lyrics are not rich enough to address issues completely.

What do you think is responsible for the increasing number of gospel musicians switching to secular music?
I think it’s the kind of foundation that today’s ‘born again’ people have. They have that exciting encounter (getting to repent, giving their lives to Jesus, etc.) and they are not renewed by it. Their foundation is shaky, as they are not deeply rooted in God’s word. They tend to follow the latest trend. One reason for this is because our pastors are not doing a good job of grounding their people. If the pastors dedicate more time to their followers, and ensure that they are well grounded in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, they will be unshakeable.
As a pastor, what do you think about the state of the church in Nigeria today, especially doctrinal error and the incidence of fake men and women of God everywhere?
Let me put it this way; there is a church within the church. There is the church universal and the church spiritual. So, if you are unable to decipher, then you would generalise that the church is really messed up. Yes, things are not that okay with us. For example, we have people in our churches who are, obviously, well-to-do but their flock know when they have erred, no matter how rich they are.

You have released over 14 albums, with the first released in 1976. Tell me, which is your favourite and why?
Certainly, I don’t have a favourite. Maybe, when it comes down to a few things that will draw me to them, like the recording quality. There are some where I got the mix-down very well while there are others which were downright bad. But in terms of message and relevance, I love all of them. They are my stories, testimonies of where I was at the time I wrote the song. So, they help me reconnect with the God who is mindful of me and who helped me pass through all the difficulties of life.

Someone with a vast experience like yourself must have memorable moments which you recall with nostalgia. Tell us some of them
Well, I have a lot of such moments. One of them was the first time I ministered at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna. I got there and the stadium was full, with about 20 to 30,000 people were in the stadium. Another moment was in September 6, 1993 when I gave a concert at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City. It was memorable, because in 1967, I had watched, on television, James Brown performing at that same theatre. As I sat watching, I made a promise to myself that, one day, I would be on that stage. So, for a dream of 1967 to be fulfilled in 1993 was, for me, simply mind-blowing!

Have you had any embarrassing moments?
(Laughs) I have had a lot of them. Very embarrassing ones at that and remembering them is not something I want to do.

What do you think is responsible for relevance all these years? I mean, 40 years is no small time in the industry…
It’s simple, it is vision. I have a vision and the vision is mobile. It improves. The vision that I had in the ‘60s is still the same. They haven’t changed, they’ve just improved. So what I have done all this while is that I’ve been adjusting in the mode of delivery but the message itself has not changed. And I’ll carry this vision till my very last breath. My vow to God is that no one should stay or relate with me for one second and not get anything positive from me. There should be a positive impact in the life of the person because of his or her interaction with me. This is what makes me relevant.

So, what are your plans, hopes, dreams and desires for the future? Any plans to set up a gospel music television, show or radio station?
By God’s grace as for my desire to set up a TV and radio station, I’m going to start with the programmes. These programmes will run for one hour every day, until we build a relationship with other producers and programme owners. Only then can we proceed with the plans for the station. I will be hosting my own programmes, because I have the capacity and wherewithal to host and relate with the cast and crew.

Do you have anything ‘major’ that people do not know about you?
Well, I think people do not know how educated I am. They just know that I am Dr Panam Percy Paul and that’s it. They think my ‘Dr’ is just honorary, but it’s not. I am very widely read and I have three doctorate degrees – in sound, music and philosophy. For me it’s not just the acquisition of degrees [that classifies me as a ‘read’ man] but the acquisition of knowledge to be able to communicate with people. I read for two hours every day. Yes, I have received honorary degrees nonetheless, but, by God’s grace, I am very knowledgeable.

Any word for your fans?
I just want them to know that I’ll be delving into previously uncharted waters. One of my next albums will be an album of love songs. That is because we have people falling in love without knowing how to love. Some people just live together without really knowing each other. So, I am releasing this album that will address love and relationship in general. And I also might put out my jazz collection and some instrumentals that I have worked on over the years. And I’m also going on an international tour later in the year. I’ll be performing in the USA, England and South Africa, just to say thanks to my fans all over the world. My fans are all I’ve got, because without them I’ll still not be relevant today.

Any word of advice for upcoming musicians?
They should have a philosophy, know what they want and how they hope to achieve it. Also, they need to continuously improve on their craft and they should know that whatever level of success they have achieved is beneath them. More importantly, making heaven should be their goal.


Source ( Leadership.ng )

Cloudburst: Nigerian Gospel musicians stage concert

 
 [LAGOS]- Nigerian Gospel musicians over the weekend took the gospel music genre to greater heights when they staged one of the biggest gospel concerts tagged 'cloudburst'
Led by popular Yoruba gospel musician, Evangelist Tope Alabi, the concert had different gospel musicians dishing out gospel tunes to the admiration of the crowd.
Organisers of the concert said its high time gospel musicians began to appreciate themselves thus the concert.
Some gospel musicians who performed at the concert said they have decided to take the bull by the horn by staging their own concerts.
The gospel musicians also appealed to event organisers to invest in gospel music concert just like the secular counterparts.


Source ( TVC NEWS )


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