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Call for Nominations for The Future Awards Africa 2018 closes today!

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Africa biggest awards, The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) has announced that its 2018 call for nominations will close in today, October 31, 2018.
The Central Working Committee (CWC) of the awards stated that the nominees should be young people who had made significant strides, defying the odds within the year under consideration. The public is encouraged to nominate trailblazers from their communities in categories ranging from social activism, business, professional service to media, and entertainment for the year in view.The 13th edition will have a two-day activity focused on engaging youth in different industries from women conferences to technology and innovation. This will further continue to create a strong network for youth to support one another in the leadership space.Do you know of someone who deserves to be recognised for his or her work in Nigeria?Click here to view the categories up for public nominations and to nominate: awards.thefutureafrica.com/nominateNomination closes …

U.S. Promotes Cross-Cultural Collaboration as 13 American Writers Participate in Ake Festival

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The United States Mission in Nigeria has renewed its support for Nigeria’s burgeoning community of creative writers and artists with its participation at the 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival. The U.S. Mission was one of the major sponsors of the 2018 Ake Arts and Book Festival, an annual event which showcases the best of contemporary African literature, poetry, music, art, film, and theatre.In its sixth year, the Festival with the theme “Fantastical Futures” was held October 25-28.Delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of the Festival, the Public Affairs Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Mr. Russell Brooks, expressed admiration for the creative abilities of Nigerians across various forms of human endeavor.“One key ingredient that assures a fantastic future in Nigeria is the depth of creativity found here – in all fields, whether I’m meeting an entrepreneur or an artist, I’m always impressed by how Nigerians work tirelessly to solve problems, to develop solutions, and …

RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE: WEDNESDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2018THEME: RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST 
MEMORISE:
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.John 6:40 KJV
READ: John 1:10-13
 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
MESSAGE 
It is very important for every born-again child of God to have a relationship with Jesus Christ can never be overemphasized. Having a relationship with him goes beyond accepting Him as Lord and Savior; it means interacting with Him on a daily basis and involving Him in the running of your everyday life. It is expected of every ch…

LACKING PEACE?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE: TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER 2018THEME: LACKING PEACE?  
MEMORISE:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
READ: John 14:26-31
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.
30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
31 But that the world may know that I…

LOOK UP

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE: MONDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2018THEME: LOOK UP.  
MEMORISE:
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
READ: Hebrews 12:1-3
1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
MESSAGE 
To look to Jesus means to rely on Him for help and to see Him as our example. He is our forerunner who has triumphantly gone through whatever we are passing through now, he knew the purpose of His co…

Leicester City owner among five helicopter crash victims

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The owner of Leicester City FC died when his helicopter crashed outside the stadium, the club has confirmed.
Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two members of his staff, the pilot and a passenger died when the aircraft crashed at about 20:30 BST on Saturday. Witnesses said the helicopter just cleared the King Power Stadium before it spiralled out of control and crashed in a fireball.Leicestershire Police said it believed the dead to be:Liecester owner Vichai SrivaddhanaprabhaTwo members of his staff Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn PunparePilot Eric SwafferPassenger Izabela Roza Lechowicz
In a statement, Leicester City FC said the club's thoughts were with "the Srivaddhanaprabha family and the families of all those on-board at this time of unspeakable loss".The club described Mr Srivaddhanaprabha as "a man of kindness, of generosity and a man whose life was defined by the love he devoted to his family and those he so successfully led"."Leicester City was a family under …

RELEVANT FOREVER?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE:  SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2018THEME: RELEVANT FOREVER?  
MEMORISE:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8
READ:   James 1:16-18
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
MESSAGE 
In today’s memory verse, the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed as never changing. If you can catch a revelation of what this means in your spirit, your life will never remain the same. One benefit of His eternal consistency is that the works He did over two thousand years ago, He can still do today in the lives of those who believe and are yielded to him. Not only are His works unchanging, His word also never changes. No wonder the Holy Spirit said in Psalm 119:89:
 “For ever, O LORD, thy word is sett…

D’BANJ GOES ON TOUR WITH AFROLAVIDA MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Something big is going down this Ember Season. It’s the Afrolavida Music Festival with D’Banj goes on tour. 

Afrolavida Music Festival is an entertainment event that celebrates and showcases an explosive experience of music, dance and fun like never before. Headlining this year's event is one of Nigeria’s world class, renowned and award winning artiste D’banj popularly known as The Koko Master aka BangaLee. 
The Afrolavida Music Festival with D’banj tour kicks off in November 2018 as the DKM Boss is billed to have two countries tour; Benin Republic, Cotonou and Cyprus. 
He will be thrilling his ever-growing fans with energetic performances of his hit songs live. The singer shared the news on his social media handles. 

HE SETS THE CAPTIVE FREE

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE: SATURDAY27TH OCTOBER 2018THEME: HE SETS THE CAPTIVE FREE   
MEMORISE:
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. Psalm 91:3
READ: Isaiah 49:24-26
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
MESSAGE 
The reason why some children of God miss their day of visitation is that they don’t take prophetic utterances from God seriously, whether written or spoken. For this reason, I encourage you to see the words of our devotional today as propheti…

Fally Ipupa - Aimé Moi

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Congolese Biggest Musical Export, Fally Ipupa is out with a new melody he titles Aime Moi which means, Love me. One of the top qualities of the the super star is his ability to combine the beauty of melodious lyrics into singing, vibing beats to herald the song and the general feel the music gives you.Aime Moi, is off his new album set to be released this November. Enjoy below ;DOWNLOAD

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE: FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2018THEME: WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?   
MEMORISE:
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. Luke 10:27
READ: Luke 10:25-37
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed…

‘I Made Her Scream…’ Rapper Quavo Reveals His Hidden Relationship With Nicki Minaj

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Quavo, a member of the Migos group, recently released his album ‘Quavo Huncho’. In one of his songs that is already getting a lot of attention, he reveals a lot about his ex relationship with megastar Nicki Minaj.
Quavious Keyate Marshall, better known as rap star Quavo, forms the Migos group with his two other mates Offset and Takeoff. For the past several years, they have made us dance on their tracks such as ‘T-Shirt’, ‘Bad and boujee’ and even ‘Walk it Talk it’.For the release of his solo album, he is getting some buzz by revealing certain aspects of his relationship with his ex, the singer of the famous song ‘Anaconda’. Since their Motorsport fight, Quavo is in very bad terms with Nicki Minaj.Here are some of the lyrics in his song ‘Huncho Dreams’: ‘Call up Queen / The queen can not flex on a young bull / Made her scream / Chanel, I bring her two of'em / You can check IG’.When publishing a video on Instagram on which she was opening Chanel gifts, Nicki did not specify the name…

Kenya’s hottest heritage brand KIKOROMEO takes to the runway in Lagos

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KIKOROMEO hits the runway in Lagos: Thursday 25th October evening with its Spring Summer 2019 collection at Lagos Fashion Week. Although not new to Nigeria, this is the first time the heritage brand from Kenya is showing at the official Lagos Fashion Week.KIKOROMEO, which means “Adams Apple” in Swahili, is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Having over 2 decades of design heritage, the brand is known for its timeless slow fashion pieces, which transcend fashion trends and show a perfection in fit. Adopting a sustainable approach in everything it does, the brand works with urban and rural Kenyan and refugee artisans, encouraging them to constantly improve the quality of their products, and truly believes and adheres to a Made in Africa policy.Iona McCreath, who has a degree in Sociology from London School of Economics and has a foundation diploma in Art and Design from Central Saint Martin’s just joined the brand. Speaking about this latest collection Iona said, “I’ve tried to add a contemporary…

THINGS MONEY CANNOT DO

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE: THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2018THEME: THINGS MONEY CANNOT DO.  
MEMORISE:
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Acts 8:20
READ: Luke 12:15-23
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, whi…

Aftermath of the Aba Women’s Riot: Where are the women?

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It’s 1929.
Just after the AbaWomen’s War, the women of Olokoare riding the waves of rebellion and victory to take charge of their lives after fighting the British.Sparked by a dispute that occurred November 18, 1929 between one woman, Nwanyereuwa and Emereuwa, a man who worked for the Warrant Chiefs on imposing tax on the women of Oloko which was traditionally wrong. The Women’s War remains an important historic event that speaks about the underestimated strength of women who came together and showed courage, bravery, rebellion and even sacrifice while fighting an oppressive system.In the aftermath of the War--which ignited the revolution in the defense of women’s rights in Nigeria--the August Meeting was inaugurated.It’s 2018.The fight for women empowerment is unending and the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equity and equality is still crucial as demonstrated in the lack of inclusion of women in Nigerian politics.Depicted in a play written by Paul Ugbede, produced…

A MICROWAVE CHRISTIAN?

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE:  WEDNESDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2018THEME: A MICROWAVE CHRISTIAN?  
MEMORISE:
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:4
READ:   John 11:18-26
18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. B…

Learn More About The Steve Jobs Clothing Brand

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After years of legal battles, a pair of brothers — Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato — have successfully managed to win a legal battle against Apple, earning the right to call their company “Steve Jobs,” after Apple’s iconic founder, according to la Repubblica Napoli.
The fight began back in 2012, when the two brothers noticed that Apple had never trademarked Jobs’ name. The pair were already in the process of starting their own clothing and accessory company after spending years creating products for other brands, and decided that “Steve Jobs” would be the perfect name for their new brand.
Apple, as one can expect, filed a motion against the brothers over the trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office. But according to La Repubblica Napoli, the tech giant may have lost by attacking the brothers specifically over their Steve Jobs logo — a stylized letter “J” with a bite taken out of the side and topped with a very Apple-esque leaf. However, the court ruled that the letter…

DON’T BE AN ACCOMPLICE!

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE:  TUESDAY 23RD OCTOBER 2018THEME: DON’T BE AN ACCOMPLICE! 
MEMORISE:
 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 2 John 1:11
READ:   Ephesians 5:1-8
1Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light i…

The MTN Pulse Talk Series In Abeokuta Was A Blast!

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We've been having an amazing month! Why? Well, the MTN Pulse Campus Invasion has been making stops at universities around the country and it has been so much fun!!The last stop was in Abeokuta - the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY), Abeokuta, Ogun State.One of the biggest moments of the Pulse Invasion was the MTN Pulse Talk Series which had professional photographer, Busola Dakolo as well as Nkechi 'Ink' Eze, owner of Aso-Ebi Bella, an online fashion platform and Opeyemi Awoyemi, tech-entrepreneur and co-founder of Jobberman, a Nigerian job search portal. We'll give you the scoop...
Awoyemi gave us some solid advice and shared that we need to invest time and money in ourselves, rest assured that the investment will pay off in the future.'Ink' Eze showed us she was a dancing queen and pressed that we should never be ashamed of our passion. And of course, 'put it online', she said... We heard…

Heineken 192 Countries: 6 Historic Locations The Winners Visited in Amsterdam

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Heineken, the world’s leading international premium beer brand, rewarded seven lucky consumers with an all-expense paid travel European experience to Amsterdam, Paris and Barcelona. Here are six historic locations they visited in Amsterdam:Heineken Experience:Now, this is a sight to behold. The ‘Heineken Experience’ holds the heritage of Heineken. It is a historic brewery which was designed for consumers to connect with beer-making and the history of Heineken.Sea Palace:The winners explored the Chinese pagoda-style restaurant situated in the centre of Amsterdam near the Central Station. This unique experience was amplified by the mystical exotic surroundings.
Zaanse Schans:The winners got to tour Zaanse Schans, where they got to tour the wooden houses and browse the shops. Their day out at Zaanse Schans was fun and educational.Hmmm, next place was...Dam Square:The winners got to explore the town square in Amsterdam, known for its notable buildings and frequent events. The Dam Square li…

Ashanti Concert Canceled After Selling Only 24 Tickets

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Pop queen Ashanti may have 3.8 million followers on Instagram and 1.92 million on Twitter but evidently that doesn’t mean much when it comes to getting fans off social media and into stands.The Murder Inc. royalty was expected to perform at Stony Brook University’s Back To Brook event later this month. But according to Bossip, that show was axed after they sold just 24 tickets to the concert.A statement from the school read, “As an organization, we do our best to host programs for students while providing diversity and inclusion. However, we have struggled to execute certain aspects. With a week before the concert, only 24 tickets are sold to students.The school went on to explain they had originally booked Teyana Taylor for the gig but she pulled out last minute, leaving the organizers to scramble to properly promote Ashanti as the new headliner.Ashanti is currently working on a joint album with her Murder Inc. partner-in-crime Ja Rule.“We’re gonna carve out the time and make it happ…

ANTIDOTE TO TEMPTATION

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE: MONDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2018THEME: ANTIDOTE TO TEMPTATION.
MEMORISE:
 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. Luke 12:37
READ: Matthew 13:24-26
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
MESSAGE 
Temptation is the pressure to yield to influences that can lead a person away from God and into sin. It is also the means by which the loyalty, commitment and obedience of a child of God is tested and proved. Temptation is a part of life that no one can escape from, because nobody is protected or exempted from its influence. Our Lord Jesus Chris…

Former UK deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg makes surprise move to Facebook

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LONDON — Europe hopes Nick Clegg can be the man to bridge the gap with Silicon Valley.The surprise news that the former U.K. deputy prime minister, who also has plenty of Brussels experience on his CV, starts at Facebook on Monday was welcomed in both Westminster and the tech sector.
“I think he will help Facebook realize that Europe is a very different place to the U.S. with different attitudes towards social media and a different interpretation of what freedom of expression means,” Nigel Huddleston, a Tory MP and aide to U.K. Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright, said.“He will help them on what will be a difficult journey over the next few years,” Huddleston added.Clegg joins the social media platform as head of its global affairs and communications team in the aftermath of a raft of scandals that have rocked the tech giant, and dented trust in the Facebook brand.Twitter and Facebook have been widely criticized for not doing more to stem the abuse of their platforms by Russian and other f…

YOU CAN BE PERFECT

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE: SUNDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2018THEME: YOU CAN BE PERFECT.MEMORISE:
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Hebrews 6:1
READ: Romans 12:1-2
 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
MESSAGE 
Many Christians believe that it is humanly impossible to be perfect because of the limitations of our flesh but Jesus said that we should be perfect, just as our Father in Heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). For Jesus to have said this, it means that perfection is attainable. However, the only way to attain the level of perfection that God requires of…

5 Things To Expect As Betway 5s League Heads Into Playoffs Stage

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Since the start of the Betway 5s league, football lovers in Lagos have been thrilled with endless live football action. The league which was organized to tap into the 5 a-side football culture in Nigeria has lived up to expectations, with players exhibiting exciting skills and top notch goals. 

As the league advances into the playoffs stage, here are 5 things to look forward to. 12 Competing Teams: The league started with 24 teams competing for the grand prize of 1 million Naira. After the preliminary stage, 12 teams were eliminated. As we enter into the playoffs, the remaining 12 teams will be locking horns in fiercely contested matches. Right now, it's all or nothing for these teams. Longer Game Time: During the preliminary stage, the duration for each game was 20 minutes -- 10 minutes for each half. As the league progresses into the playoffs, each match will now be contested for 30 minutes, 15 minutes for each half. The extension of match duration will afford each team mor…

A GREAT SECRET OF OVERCOMERS

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OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONALDATE:  SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2018THEME: A GREAT SECRET OF OVERCOMERS.MEMORISE:
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 3:15
READ:   Matthew 4:1-11
1Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time tho…