DECEMBER WITHOUT DISASTER, p.1Christopher Ebiala, Sr
How to Celebrate Christmas
BRO. CHRISTOPHER U. EBIALA
CHRIS FOR CHRIST
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This book is dedicated to the Holy Family of Nazareth. Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
My profound gratitude goes first, to Almighty God, who inspires me through His Son our Lord Jesus Christ, in company of the Holy Spirit. And to his Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. John E. Ayah the Bishop of Ogoja Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. George Chokpa. Vicar General of Ogoja Diocese, Very Rev. Fr. Vincent Betus Undie, the parish priest of St. Mulumba’s Parish, Ogep Osokom, Rev. Fr. Patrick Abem, the secretary to the Bishop, all Hallows Chancery, Ogoja Rev. Fr. Peter Ejim, Rev. Fr. Mikel Godwin Arakor, Parish Priest, Christ the King Parish Okpoma, Rev. Fr. Mark B. Binang, Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Parish, Okuku Rev. Fr. Martin Ohiero Wonah, SS Peter and Paul, Ukpah. Rev. Fr. Godwin Alleh; Parish Priest of St. Finian’ Iso-Bendeghe. I say a million thanks to you all for your fatherly love for me.
I also appreciate His Royal Highness Chief Akan Leonard Eshua. Officer Emmanuel Ojohu. Brothers Cornelius Patrick Awusa, Michael Aboyi Ogar, Lawrence Ochoga, Mike Ebirku, Oliver Eriba, Simon Akpa Emmanuel Bisong Alex Ageh, and Melford Bisong, Raphael ayogu. I thank you all of you support and encouragement.
I also thank all members of Amour of God’s prayer group of St. Molumba’s Parish, Ogep Osokom. All members of mustard seed prayer group of Christ the King Parish, Okpoma, a million thanks to you for your encouragement.
My Uncle, Christopher Ukwa Ebinyi, my mother Agnes Aduma, my younger sister Regina Ebiala, my cousin Fidelis Ukwa, and the entire members of my family. I thank all of you for your kindness to me.
May the good lord bless all of you who have helped me in one way or the other, even those of you whose names are not mentioned her, and may you receive equal blessings in Jesus name Amen.
The month of December is a very unique and important month in the lunar calendar. This is due to the fact that December is a grey line month that ends the year past as well as ushering in another new year that starts with January. It is often regarded as a leap month because it carries people from the past year into the new-year. It is a month of resolution making pregnant with many activities. Because of this unique nature of the month, it is characterized by oxymoron activities and celebrations coupled with ceremonies. Now for us to celebrate all these ceremonies and pass through December without disaster and have crises free celebration within this month of December, the author Brother Christopher U. Ebiala, brought us this wonderful write up in which he guided us through the light of living a disaster free December. Going through December without disaster we must be prayerful in everything we do and do everything to the glory of God. We must also apply moderation on everything we do knowing that God requires moderation in everything about our life. One important thing worthy of note, here is that it takes only the grace of God to pass through December without disaster and celebrate all ceremonies that go with it especially Christmas without disaster or crisis. As a month of stock taking, we have to be careful of what we do. One important thing again that should not escape our memory is the fact that we have thank God with gifts as we harvest from the fruit of our labour. So let us always pray for the God who love s us to see us through. And if you want to celebrate with joy then pick this simplified book digest it so as to help you in this December.
Very Rev. Fr. Vincent Betus Undie.
CHRISTMAS MADE EASY
This scholarly work of Brother Christopher U. Ebiala is a practical guide and therapy of celebrating Christmas with ease. I see this book as “Christmas made easy”.
The advent of the “Mber” months connote disaster and negatively in the minds of many. To some it is a period where the devil is greatly at work. A moment of great fear. We are warned by the Bible that we should not give the devil its opportunity (1 Peter 5:8) and we should not be afraid, (Matthew 10:28) therefore, our mindset should be positive and not negative towards December.
December as we know is the month of the birth of our savior. It is a savific month, a month of joy, of fulfillment, of hope and life. Our savior in John 10:10, said “I have come, so that they may have life and have it abundantly” December is a month of perfect abundant, a month of divine harvest. Thus, the glory of December is so great that everybody look expectantly, especially the children.
In his message, Christopher urges us not to be afraid, we should look forward in celebrating Christmas with joy. In doing so he proposes some useful guidelines; we should being preparation for Christmas quite on time in order to arrive at it without crises. To avoid spiritual and physical crises during December we must plan well and on time. Careful planning and proper stock taking is necessary. Paramount, we must start the planning with the Lord. According to proverb 16:1-3 (Begin your plans with the Lord and He will execute it for you”. It is a period of praying always without losing heart (Luke 18:1). It is a moment of metanic (returning back), contrition and reconciliation; so that the savior will find a home in you (Rel. 3:20). You need proper financial management or else December will land you into deathly financial crises.
This will result to sadness at the beginning of the New Year.
To arrive our destination safely during December, we must be patience on the road (for being in haste and rushing will rush blood). We should begin our journey early.
Going through this book, I see it as already “Christmas rice and stew and clothes”. We must not miss it. It is a light to peaceful celebration of Christmas without fears and disaster. The work is “Christmas made ease” get it for yourself.
Rev. Fr. Mark B. Binang
St. Joseph’s Parish
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