By Nick Chibunna
It was a moment of soul-refreshing and spiritual reawakening penultimate Saturday when the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru Council of Knights rounded off her three-day power-packed retreat.
Bishop Cockin’s Church Centre, Atta, venue of the event was a beehive of activities as the council reeled out numerous spirit-reviving programmes which included; prayers, Eucharistic service, Bible studies, lectures, praise worship, interactive session, compline with prophetic prayers and others.
The three-day residential outing was presided over by the Knight-Superior, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike (JP), and was coordinated by the council’s chaplain, Ven. Josiah Emeribe.
In his opening charge, Bishop Maduwike enjoined noble Knights and Ladies to see the gathering as special encounter with God.
He asked them to remain calm and allow the spirit of God to minister individually to each and every one of them, adding that the event is a spiritual cafeteria in which God is able to feed and protect His people.
Bishop Madwuwike reminded participants to reflect on the theme of the retreat, which is: “Watching in times like this” (1 Cor. 16:13), adding that the theme remains effective reservoir for spiritual empowerment.
The prelate who delivered two lectures, “The Growing Church and her Battles” (Eph. 6:10-20), and “Usefulness of Political Awareness”, counseled worthy Knights and Ladies to be spiritually alert in order to overcome the onslaughts of the enemy forces.
He said that the whole world is under the power of evil forces and enjoined participants to wedge war against their intrigues. According to Bishop Maduwike, the ultimate aim of the devil is to weaken the church of God in order to hold its members captive, adding that the present church is confronted with a lot of challenges.
Bishop Maduwike enumerated such challenges and battles as; religious and denominational battles, cultural and moral battles, secret cults and fake Christian organisations, social and political battles and others, and enjoined the people of God to be on the offensive in order to contend against their wiles.
He enjoined them to put on the whole armour of God which include such weapons of warfare as, prayers, the word of God, pleading the blood of Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to rule in our hearts.
On political awareness, he described true and spirit-filled Christians as the salt of the earth, adding that their entry into partisan politics would sanitize the system.
In his own remark, the council’s president, Sir G.U. Ezeji thanked all for participating in the three-day event. He however, reminded the indolent and highly indebted members to sit up and clear their indebtedness, as such is inhibiting the progress of the order ad the growth of the church of God.
Many questions were raised and answered during the interactive session.
Many participants who spoke to Christian Voice described the programme as very exhilarating. To Sir (Dr) Amos Agwamba and Eze (Sir) Festus Osuji, the programme has grealy impacted in their lives, as they wished it would continue.
The retreat was well attended, and dignitaries who graced the occasion included the Bishop’s wife, Mrs Anuli Maduwike (Nnedinma Ikeduru), Dr. Osmond Ukanacho, Imo State UPP governorship aspirant, and diocesan registrar Sir Barr. S. Kamanze.