By Gid Ahanonu
Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike, JP, has described the choice of the new Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah Ph.D, as akin to the divine choice of David, son of Jesse, as king of Israel.
The bishop, who had been Supervising the affairs of the Diocese of Owerri before the appointment of Bishop Oparah, was preaching a sermon at St. Stephen’s (Ang.) Chuch Amankuta Mbieri, the home church of the new bishop who was consecrated Friday and would be enthroned tomorrow, Monday Nov. 19.
He said that the choice ran contrary to people’s expectation, just as David was chosen among his brothers.
According to him, every family has a duty set for it by God, saying that love and a forgiving spirit solves problems that may arise in the process.
The prelate enumerated the attributes of a good Christian to being compassionate, patients, kind and fore bearing.
He called on Christians to embrace the Word of God, which, he said, is the “lump unto their feet in all their endeavours, as recorded in Psalm 119:105.
Bishop Maduwike reminded Christians of Satanic challenges they are likely to face when they surrender their lives to Jesus and assured them of God’s protection against any storms.
He stressed on the need for Christians not to dwell on the euphoria that anybody that professes Christ will not have challenges, adding that one’s faith is measured according to problems.
The service was conducted by the Vicar, Rev. Can. Kingsley Njoku, while the first and second lessons were read by Mr. Glad Okereke and Mrs. Christiana Okereke. Bishop Chukwuma Oparah conducted the intercessory prayers as the Archdeacon of Amaike, Ven. Chidi Oparah, blessed the offerings.