By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
As the year 2020 is gradually winding up and only few days are left to usher in 2021, Christians have been advised to shun sinful pleasures and embrace holiness.
The advise was handed out by the President United Church Of Christ In Nations (UCCN), popularly known as HEKAN, Rev. (Dr.) Amos G. Kiri in his Christmas address delivered on Friday December 25..
“The year 2020 is full of chaos and troubles- both man-made and natural. Do away with the man-made ones so that you can cross over to the New Year that we are expecting to cross over into in few days’ time. “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” (Heb.12:1).
“Those overwhelming burdens that are over and above you, cast them at the feet of Jesus Christ, He will take care of them (1Pt.5:7). This is his promise to all his children. Decide to cross over into the year 2021 with no baggage talk less of excess baggage,” he advised.
He cautioned all to celebrate this year’s Christmas with moderation.
“Times are hard; there are more evil people around us, waiting for an opportunity to harm us. For the Bible says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1Pt.5:8). Do not give the devil and such people a chance.
“You can do this by being security conscious. Do not unnecessarily expose your lives to danger; keep your homes properly secured and locked or ensure someone is always at home. Be on the watch where your children go to celebrate Christmas.
“Do not keep late nights or going to flash points where your life can be endangered easily. While it is true that God is the one watching and keeping us safe, we also have a role to play in ensuring that our lives and properties are safe. Watch and pray,” he urged.
He appreciated all for the support they gave and they are still giving to the Church leadership.
“We thank you for all the advices received. Where we may not have work with your suggestions for now does not mean that we did not appreciate your contribution. Everything has its time.
“Continue with the good work you are doing and He that gives rewards, who sits high on his throne of glory, will reward you abundantly.
“Finally, I join millions of Christian leaders around the world to wish all of you Merry Christmas.God bless you all,” he concluded.