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‘Festival of hope’ enters day 4
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Nov 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Nov. 2010 12:24 AM IST
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‘Festival of Hope’ on its 4th day saw people from all aspects of life thronging to DDSC stadium on Monday.
The speaker, Tom Elie delivered a powerful message on being humble and to seek for repentance.
He said the Bible speaks about the significance of kneeling down before the Lord while praying as it was an outward demonstration of the inward humility. Similarly, he advocated the gathering to be humble and pray seeking for God’s grace and deliverance.
Reading from Daniel chapter 9, he asked the gathering not only to repent for their sins but for the wrongdoings of the state, in view of the fact that the greatest power comes when one humbles and pray in accord.
He urged men-folk who were present, to stop leaning themselves on money, drinking and women, instead lean on God, adding “We do not serve a dead God but a living God”.
While drawing a parallel between idols worshippers in America and India, he said Americans have idols called celebrities and worship rock-stars and that one of the biggest idol in America is “experience”, which itself is the cult of personal opinion.
In America, people have sidelined God by putting consumerism and individualism first, he said and elucidated how Americans worship success, sexual freedom, sensuality, comfort and money, he said.
In the same way, he lamented and that Nagaland, which has been tremendously intimidated by the western culture may one day end up worshipping various false perceptions.
Earlier the programme was executed by Rev. Thebemo Yanthan, Rev. Inaho Swu led the invocation and Grace Savino was the speaker’s interpreter.
Choral presentation were made by New Life Bible College, BYFD Choir and male voice by the Lotha Assembly of God Church, while scripture portion was read by Pastor Thridong Sangtam from 2Chronicles 7, 12-15.
The powerful message delivered by the speaker and the spirit of God evoked the gathering in a great way. Many after the sermon, went before the team of leaders and the speaker to repent for their sins as well as the shortcomings of the state.
Pastoral representatives from different Churches also prayed for repentance of India as well Nagaland. Superintendant of police (SP) Dimapur, Zekotso Mero and his wife also attended the crusade.

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