The Head Pastor for the Lord’s Parliament Chapel International, Apostle Francis Amoako Arthur, has taken a swipe at some men of God who have turned the church into a marketing centre.
The man of God whose church is located at Odorkor Official Town said, some men of God are rather finding ways to exploit their members financially instead of preaching salvation to them.
Apostle Arthur minced no words in saying that ‘’we now have business pastors and not kingdom pastors. Some of these pastors should go and work in the banks if they want to make profits. You go to town and buy soaps and other items and sell it to your members because of money instead of preaching the gospel of salvation. We need kingdom pastors and not marketing or business pastors.’’
Some individuals who also call themselves Christians only go to church because of miracles and not for their salvation, he added.
‘’Many people are in the church but the church is not in them. We have a lot of people who sing for pastors but are not Christians. Many people go to church because of prophecy and the oil they will drink as well as the soaps they would be given to bath and not to go to heaven,’’ he opined.
He admonished people not to use the period of Easter to engage in ungodly acts but reflect on their personal lives and assess themselves.
The crucifixion, death and resurrection of Christ he stressed, gave mankind an opportunity to reconnect with God hence, Christians should be guided by this message and remember the judgement ahead of them and live by the principles of Christ the savior.
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts is to establish a paragliding school at Shai-Osudoku in the Greater Accra region.
This is to help whip up enthusiasm in paragliding among Ghanaians.
The sector Minister, Mrs. Catherine Abelema Afeku announced this at the 13th paragliding festival held at Atibie in the Kwahu South District in the Eastern Region.
The festival attracted 12 pilots from the United States of America, Japan, Romania, Ghana, Peru and Switzerland.
Mrs. Afeku urged aviation sports enthusiasts to take advantage of the school to enable them train as future pilots in paragliding which has over 400,000 pilots globally.
She was happy that the take-off area at Atibie has been expanded to accommodate more flights instead of one at a time.
Permanent canopies and wash rooms which hitherto were absent have been provided for the comfort of patrons.
She thanked the pilots for continually keeping faith with Ghana in an attempt to develop paragliding.
She paid tribute to all those who have helped to make the festival a permanent one as part of the Kwahu Easter festivities.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Dafour was grateful to the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts and the Ghana Tourism Authority for bringing the paragliding festival to the Kwahu area.
He was however not happy that there were only few Ghanaian pilots taking part in the festival.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mr. Akwasi Agyeman said the festival has given a new face and dimension to the celebration of Easter in Kwahu and witnessed an increased number of patrons over the years thus boosting domestic tourism in the area thereby creating jobs and improving the local economy.
He gave the assurance that the GTA would continue to develop and promote Ghana as a preferred destination with unique events and site attractions
The Ministry of Tourism introduced paragliding in Ghana in April 2005 during at Atibie.
It was organised to coincide with the Easter festivity that year on the Odweanoma Mountain. With the exception of 2009 the paragliding festival has been organised every year.
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The Pope has called for an end to the "carnage" in Syria during his Easter message from the Vatican.
He also asked God to heal the wounds in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and urged dialogue on the Korean peninsula.
Pope Francis said the power of the Christian message gave hope to the deprived.
This included migrants and refugees who he said were "so often rejected by today's culture of waste".
Thousands of people were in St Peter's Square to hear him speak from the balcony of the basilica.
"Today we implore fruits of peace upon the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long suffering land of Syria whose people are worn down by an apparently endless war," said the Pope.
"This Easter may the light of the risen Christ illuminate the consciences of all political and military leaders, so that a swift end may be brought to the carnage in course; that humanitarian law may be respected; and that provisions be made to facilitate access to the aid so urgently needed."
During the first five years of his reign, Pope Francis has been consistently outspoken in condemning the Syrian conflict. In 2013, he was credited with leading moral opposition to Western military intervention, according to BBC Vatican correspondent David Willey.
Turning to the wider region, he said on Sunday: "We beseech fruits of reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenceless, for Yemen and for the entire Middle East, so that dialogue and mutual respect may prevail over division and violence."
The Archbishop of Canterbury also offered a message of peace and hope in his Easter address on Sunday.
Speaking at Canterbury cathedral, Archbishop Justin Welby stressed the importance of maintaining hope - but he also said the church should admit when it made mistakes:
On relations between North and South Korea, the Pope said he hoped talks aiming to ease longstanding tensions on the Korean peninsula would "advance harmony and peace".
He added: "May those who are directly responsible act with wisdom and discernment to promote the good of the Korean people and to build relationships of trust within the international community."
The Pope also expressed hope for an end to violence and division in Ukraine and Venezuela.
The pontiff was speaking in an "Urbi et Orbi" address from the famous central balcony at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, in front of tens of thousands of the faithful.
The Latin phrase means "to the city [of Rome] and the world" and the special address is employed only a few occasions - at Christmas, at Easter and just after being elected pontiff.
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The Minister of Information Mustapha Hamid has said government will soon support journalists in the country to upgrade their skills and knowledge in order for them to be objective arbitrators of good governance.
The minister who was engaging with some journalists in the Upper East region said the move will equip journalist with specialized training and skills about diverse subject areas relevant in aiding journalist to become independent and neutral arbitrators of government policies and dealing in the ‘public court of opinion’.
“So I am begging journalist to upgrade their knowledge but on our part as government, we have resolved that we will help you in that endeavor.
we are currently in talks with so many interested international bodies and trading organizations to once a while allow us(government) to pick some of our journalist across the country for training so that journalist can get the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge”.
“Frankly, I admit that many journalists in our country cannot afford the money to undertake such training and upgrading themselves. So we believe that as a government we should have a contribution towards this course so that we can have journalists who have informed themselves and therefore capable of moderating and writing on national issues”.