Susan Boyle – the woman who dared to dream

Susan Boyle - the woman who dared to dream

I stumbled on the story of Susan Boyle and I followed it to the end of the third series of the show – Britain’s Got Talent!!! Wow!!! Personally, I think she should have won the show; apart from the fact that she has a great voice, her act and her story is better suited for a performance before her Royal Majesty, the Queen. Isn’t it amazing? In just a few weeks her life has been changed forever all because she dared to dream.

But this is not a Susan Boyle fan blog, all you need is google her name and you’ll find all the juicy tit-bits about her…..what caught my attention is the fact that as a result of her sudden rise to fame, she got so much media attention, both positive and negative. Yes, negative!!! I was comforted because it then means Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is not the only one getting negative press for doing good.

I mean, what did she do wrong except shake up the staus-quo and give hope to the millions who were thrilled by her performances? She proved that indeed anyone, regardless of your educational background, social connections and even your looks, can make a difference. What did Pastor Chris Oyakhilome do wrong except to live a life consumed with a passion to give lives a meaning? All this man of God wants to do is reach more people with the gospel of Jesus Chris, impact the world with the transforming power of this gospel, affect more lives with his message and turn them on for Jesus. What did he ever do to deserve such criticism?

I took a trip to Nairaland recently and I was shocked at some of the responses posted in that forum [I reserve my detailed comments on this to a later time]. Well, it’s been more than 2000 years and individuals and organizations alike are spending multiplied millions to cast aspersions on the person of Jesus Christ and to discredit His miracles. In Luke2:34, the Prophet said concerning Jesus Christ ever before he performed a single miracle….this child is for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against.

I find solace in this, Pastor Chris is identified with this Jesus and he therefore is a sign that shall be spoken against. Pastor Chris will always say “Supernatural power brings supernatural persecution”, he is wearing a “Coat of many Colors” and like Joseph, his biggest critics are his brothers…..I look forward to reading your comments on this post.

Congratulations Susan Boyle, I pray that you will make the most of your dream.

Tammy

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome – My HERO!!

pics 13july 08 082Have you ever met someone with all the answers to life’s most puzzling questions? Or one whose intelligence surpasses and astounds even the most sophisticated of the intelligentsia? Have you ever met someone who is love and truly in love with everyone? Have you ever met someone whose life is based on the truth and nothing but the truth?

Sounds like a smart ad for ‘the idyllic man’, better put up all your hopes on the latest high tech robotic gizmo. So think again before you ask the silly question, is this for real? Well the bad news is the ad is real and the good news is that this ‘someone’ is human-got flesh and blood. Sure sounds like the resume of God, but before I let the cat out of the bag, you need to ponder on this.

Before now, I was melancholic; I had neither role models, nor mentors and the likes, everyone just fit into the applecart-unimpressive. It wasn’t necessarily about being admirable; the human factor I guess subdues the glitz, glamour and all of the esteem that extols the individual and then again leaning on a school of thought which suggests that we all are humans and unique so in summary, no human being is indispensable. How right but wrong I was! Today I’m different, I have a hero and he isn’t an individual I had loved from the onset; I had looked at him from afar; wondering what he had to offer me like a customer contemplating the wares of a peddler. But thank goodness for terrestrial TV stations; in little or no time his face became a constant feature on prime TV schedules; a compelling force I must admit lured me to listen to what he had to say and lo I found a basket full of knowledge. Each time I heard him speak, the torrential flow of knowledge emanating from him seemed unintelligible to me. But as time progressed; all of the right reasons drew my world closer to his. Soon I understood that the word of God was the manual for living rather than the manual of religion like I was earlier taught.

My Role Model, Hero, Tutor, Counsellor, he is really God’s gift to my world. Anyone who could have moulded me in such a way that I’m so much of a lady is really worth listening to. A lot of people have different definitions of him but I call him my hero and he has proven himself over and over again.

My hero…..Pastor Chris Oyakhilome – the President of Believers’ LoveWorld Inc.

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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome…a Phoney??

Is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome a phony?A lot had been said and written about him in the past and present; ‘he is a fake preacher’, ‘he is controversial’, ‘he is not a real man of God’… his main critics chorused this and much more. His incredibly ever expanding ministry however remains a parody of these cynical remarks. Reverend Chris Oyakhilome remains an enigma in Africa’s most fervid charismatic nation, Nigeria. Reports of healing and miracles at the Christ Embassy Healing School in Nigeria and South Africa and from his outreach crusades have been objects to be pored over and debated in forums like Nairaland. Allegations of manipulation and deceit have been the conclusion of most critics; accusing Pastor Chris of merely acting out a script. Why? To buoy up the number his followership, and increase sponsorship of programmes

So is he really what his critics say he is?

Through an anointed ministry spanning over 25 years, Pastor, teacher, healing minister, television host and best-selling author Rev. Chris Oyakhilome has helped millions experience a victorious and purposeful life in God’s Word, …presiding over an ever-widening network of Christ Embassy Churches and campus fellowships on all five continents, Rev. Chris also pastors one of the largest congregations in Africa. He holds massive teaching and healing crusades with crowds of over 3.5 million in a single night’s event.

Now that’s what the Christ Embassy Church website tells you…but there’s more. In 2004, in the city of Port Harcourt over 2.5 million people gathered in a single event to listen to him. Pull over, Johannesburg, South Africa where train stations were shut down and frantic announcements made asking people to turn back. That program was tagged ‘Night of Bliss’ and the gargantuan crowd mirrored his subsequent programs in London and Toronto respectively. But it isn’t just the crowd phenomenon that is synonymous with these crusades; ask the people who turn up, at times spending nights in sleeping bags in front shut venue doors, standing in careening lines tarrying for a seat; then you’d get a clearer picture:

‘I had never heard anything about Pastor Chris until about mid July 2007…no wonder one of my granddaughters at age 4, called you JESUS, when she saw your picture on the cover of the DVD “In Spirit and in Truth’ – Kate Nguini

‘The first time I saw him, I was like what kind of man is this? … I now live in his world… Pastor Chris is Woooooooow’ – Eboh Ijeoma Marthina

To others, he is a great teacher;

‘I am so blessed to finally really meet the man of God, spirit-filed and God’s chosen vessel indeed. I cannot express my joy in my spirit I have, that God finally answered my prayers and connected me with such beautiful teachings of God’s word’ –  Anna Sevdianishvili

‘I came in contact with Pastor Chris through his messages in 2007 and I immediately found him to be a wonderful teacher of the Word. He so knows the Word [both the letter/written (logos) and the spirit]. I was amazed by the number of scriptures he would quote [up by heart] while he preached – Essoua Frank  

Some also see him as a coach and mentor:

‘Knowing Pastor Chris has added value to my life. I can do all things, heal the sick, fill people with the Holy Spirit, preach the gospel and lots more.’ – Tina Chibuzor

‘I am a regular viewer of Pastor Chris… in the ministry of the Holy Spirit; he has made us Christians proud’ – Akinwande Tailor

And the miracle worker:

‘May the Lord continues reveals his miracles to pastor Chris. We love you the Oyakhilome family, we are blessed in Christ as this year is the seven fold increase’ – Khanyisile Sikhosana

 What more can be said? He is definitely not a phony……I think he is more than a man, more than your eyes can see. Maybe not exactly an enigma to those who are acquainted with the ministry but definitely kaleidoscopic when you realize, critics et al, that this one man has traversed so many areas of ministry that often it’s almost impossible to keep up with the latest development.

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Charting a new trend in Christianity

Months and weeks of waiting have finally come down to a few hours, to coin a Latin phrase; time does indeed pass quickly. All around several Christ Embassy churches, announcements, publicity campaigns had inundated members on the upcoming event-Pastor Chris Online, weeks ahead of D-day.

However different from previous campaigns, there were neither large brightly lit banners nor posters for invited guests; everyone attending this landmark program will be attending electronically- an online guest. This revolutionary event intends to break the barriers of time, space and culture. In two hours, the President of Believers LoveWorld Inc. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is expected to attend to the needs of an online audience that he’d not be seeing; it will be his first. He’d teach, preach, take questions and pray for the sick. He’d also most likely pray for the unconverted. Perhaps it wouldn’t be improbable if you concluded this to be the next phase of the charismatic movement – an internet evangelistic outreach.

The man at the center of this all isn’t new to ground breaking: in the 90’s his teaching and healing programs broadcast in his home country Nigeria attracted millions of viewers. Praying for the sick reading testimonies of the sick soon turned to be a prime time event on several local TV stations. Another first was the launch of the first Satellite TV Network to broadcast from Africa to the rest of the world; LoveWorld Christian NetWork [LCN] continues to record million of viewers worldwide. What about the use of chairs in outdoor crusades that over the years have had thousands and more recently millions in attendance?

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has never hidden his desire to capture an ever burgeoning internet audience. ‘The internet is the future of world evangelism’ he had pronounced years ago. Today Christ Embassy is deeply rooted and spinning its influence in the World Wide Web. Its website is hugely resourceful – Internet paraphernalia; DVD’s, newsletters, podcasts, e-books, etc inundates its site and ensures that first time visitors are hooked and can’t wait for a second look-in.

There is huge expectation and excitement amongst members who are unanimous that the online event will mirror the ministry’s previous successes. Social networking sites are already being bombarded with notices, invites, ads; groups and blogs are being formed, all for this historic event. Suddenly with millions of eyes on desktops, laptops and palmtops visual display screens and eager fingers caressing mouses and touchpads, a click away could guarantee a change of destiny for millions of lives.

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The Shouts Blog – now on Facebook!!!

Great news!! You can now follow your favorite blog on Facebook ….I am on Facebook as Tammy Ashley so don’t be surprised if you get a buzz to add me as your friend. What’s more? The Shouts Blog has a group – 1 Million people who have been blessed by Pastor Chris. Just follow this link and sign on. It’s an open group and anybody can join; when you visit, remember to write on the wall, upload pics and vids, start or simply join a discussion on the Discussion Board.

Remember, the Shouts Blog was started because we got tired of reading a lot of rubbish on the internet and in the print media about the Man of God Pastor Chris; we are convinced that if those whose lives have been touched by the life and ministry of Pastor Chris would stand up and ‘Shout’, the next time you “google” up Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, you will read positive things about this great man of God.

I encourage you to invite your friends and let’s together make this the biggest thing to happen on Facebook.

Tammy

The Believers’ LoveWorld Anthem

By popular demand, we decided to publish the lyrics of the Believers’ LoveWorld [aka Christ Embassy] anthem. The anthem is a message in itself….you can hear the pride in the voices of members of BLW worldwide as they hold hands, sway from side to side and sing with gusto…

Believers LoveWorld

Is a place where we share God’s love

Reaching Out with peace and love

Making plain God’s plan for all

Believers’ LoveWorld, building a happier world with love

Believers’ LoveWorld

Giving your life a meaning

All we know is a life of giving

Love is shed abroad in our hearts

Believers’ LoveWorld, building a happier world with love

Believers’ LoveWorld

We are one big family

You’re my sister, you’re my brother

There’s no difference in our midst

Believers’ LoveWorld, building a happier world with love

We are proud to be members of the Believers’ LoveWorld, proud to be identified with the man of God Pastor Chris. My favorite part is when we get to lift our hands up towards heaven and sing the last recurring line of every verse – Believers’ LoveWorld – building a happier world with love.

Indeed we are building a happier world with love, the message of Pastor Chris is bringing people together from every nation, language, color – breaking down every known barrier….we are bound by our love for God and the vision to take God’s divine presence to the nations. We are “networking the world”.

What is your favorite part of the anthem? What happens to you when you join hands in a meeting and sing these words? Have you ever been in a meeting with Pastor Chris where he joins the congregation to sing the anthem? How do you handle the bit where you sing to a sister and a brother when those on either side of you are brothers or sisters….LOL!! Click on the comments button and share your thoughts.

Tammyashley