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Fathers’ Day: Cleric Urges Men To Depend In God’s Grace



Dr Hamilton Ekeke, the Executive Secretary of Bayelsa Ecumenical Centre on Sunday urged men to rely on the abounding grace of God to maximise their impact on their families and larger society and to build a better nation.

Preaching a sermon on Man of Grace to commemorate the 2023 Fathers’s Day at the Fountain of Life Parish of Redeemed Christian Church of God , Amarata in Yenagoa, the cleric observed that the position of fathers in the family was fundamental to building strong family ties and raising children to be worthy ambassadors to society.

Drawing his sermon from 1 John 3:2 and Ephesians 2:8 and Roman 5:20, Ekeke noted that grace of God enables a man to go beyond limitations and achieve outstanding results.

He noted that his accomplishement in academics which saw him from a humble background from Anibeze community in Bayelsa to teach post graduate students at a University in United Kingdom can only be by Grace of God.

“I am one example of God’s Grace, from a very remote community called Anibeze in Bayelsa to rise to teach post graduate students at a University in United Kingdom many years ago speaks of God’s grace.

“I realised this one day and became visibly emotional to the point of shedding tears and my colleagues wondered why I was crying.

“I told them that God has taken me from obscurity to global limelight and I attribute the feat to the grace of God upon my life and it has been my experience in all that I do,” Ekeke said.

He noted that becoming a man of grace requires character, integrity to show forth the power of God in making visible impact in ones field of endeavour.

Ekeke explained that fatherhood comes with enormous responsibilities including parenting and leadership roles at the family levels to impact one’s family and community in a positive way.

According to him, these responsibilities makes it imperative to depend on God to draw inspiration and become a man of grace and hence radiate the goodness of God for all to see.

“It is not in making claims but living a life of character and integrity, people around us should see our lives as a reflection of what we believe and teach.

“The life of a man of grace should stand out from the crowd and the impact be felt from the family level to the larger society,” Ekeke said.

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