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The variety of God’s choices – NewsDay

All things being equal, the set system will yield desired results. However, life teaches that planning may fail after scheming falls apart. With all due care and diligence in executing a plan, things can still fall off track. After all testing has been done in the laboratory and trials run, the unforeseen can still happen.

FARSIGHTEDNESS with concomitant prescient planning helps one realise their goals through a predetermined route.

All things being equal, the set system will yield desired results. However, life teaches that planning may fail after scheming falls apart. With all due care and diligence in executing a plan, things can still fall off track. After all testing has been done in the laboratory and trials run, the unforeseen can still happen.

Supported by intense prayer, fasting or so called sowing/seeding, decrees and declarations, the intended result can still elude. When such an eventuality happens, there should be enough will strength and determination to see the journey to the end. The problem is not falling off orbit, but throwing in the towel because of failure of a long mooted plan. When the unexpected happens, embrace the unexpected to get expected results.

Those who have walked with God the Father for a considerable period know that with God it counts more to head towards the right direction than to worry about the mode of transport used. It may not be so much important as the quality of the place where Jesus would be born, but that a Messiah and Saviour was born into the world. A manger was thus sufficient to accomplish the purpose.

The Gospel may, therefore, not be transmitted in the best of the ways, but still reaches the uttermost parts of the world.

This, of course is not a coercion to settle for mediocrity, but to accept the means God chooses. While you enjoy the means and method, lose not your focus on the destination. On a balance of scale, traveling on economy and arriving is better and carries more value than travelling on first class and not arrive.

Sometimes we so much focus on a preferred mode, while God is concerned about you and His purpose. The Bible, in the book of Acts, records the story of Apostle Paul shipwrecked on sail to Rome. Although the ship was destroyed, he and others in the ship reached their destination. Part of the story reads in Acts 27:21-22,44: “[21] But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. [22] And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: For there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. [44] And the rest, some on boards, and some on broken pieces of the ship. And so it came to pass, that they escaped all safe to land.”

The mode of transport was destroyed, but not the journey. The eye of the Lord is always upon you to accomplish your dream. However, meticulously you can structure your life, you can miss your wish. Always leave room to get to the destination through a detour. Do not cry over a blocked familiar way, but celebrate the variety of God’s choices.

Eyes may be so much fixed on a certain route without flexibility for progressive change. It is good to be focused and determined and observe principles along the way, but life may require you to change course and still head for the same destination.

You may miss out on your desired school, college and university, but still get your doctorate. Some have naively surrendered and given up their destinies because they could not get what they prayed and fasted for years. You do not have to be stiff necked.

Flexibility allows sailing on the voyage of life joyfully. Being open to new and alternative ways should not be an excuse to aimless stroll in life. Go out there with your blueprint, but do not let it be your undoing.

It is always tempting to park the vehicle of your life if your dreams are shattered. Failure of plan A is not a signal to abandon life. You never know, the real deal may be in plan B. You may not afford your preferred dish, get the nutrients in an affordable one. The principle of not accepting no for an answer is good, but do not let it deprive you of the waiting reward. I subscribe to excellence, but I do not sacrifice my prize for perfectionism. The merciful, gracious and forgiving God always avails a second chance.

When mankind fell in the Garden of Eden, God provided for reunification through Jesus. He did not close the door forever because mankind had betrayed Him on His original intent. Are you stuck because what you wanted did not work?

The way may be blocked, but the destination is open. Look around and opt for the yawning wide open second door.

Now unto him who is able to keep you from falling and present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge.

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Backstage Violence At The Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA) –

The 7th edition of the annual Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards (RoilBAA) recently took place in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, celebrating outstanding achievements in the arts industry. The event, held at the Zimbabwe International Exhibition Centre, was a glamorous affair, with attendees dressing up for the occasion. One of the highlights of the evening was the recognition of various artists and their exceptional contributions to the arts.

Following the awards, however, unsettling claims and allegations have emerged involving Saimon Mambazo Phiri, a well-known arts practitioner and one of the organisers of the BAA. Reports suggest that Phiri was involved in a violent incident, allegedly assaulting a monitoring engineer during the event. In a statement seen by Pindula News, Roil Bulawayo Arts Awards Management said:

With all positives from the Awards and in line with enjoyment and celebrating the arts, it is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge an incident that happened backstage. The AWARDS TRUST sincerely apologises for the incident and would like to assure our creatives that it will not happen again, the stage is a safe environment. We have since reached out to the aggrieved camp who we have worked with since inception of the awards and in other events.

We do not condone violence in any form and nature. Apologies to everyone affected.

However, Phiri has yet to comment on the matter.

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Among the winners was the popular Rhumba group Insimbi Zezhwane, who received two awards. They were honoured with the People’s Choice Award, which included a brand-new car as a prize, and the Outstanding MaEli Tshibilika Act. The group expressed gratitude for the support they have received, particularly in light of the tragic loss of some of their members in a road traffic accident earlier this year.

The RoilBAA also acknowledged the outstanding works of artists such as Black Umfolosi, Thandanani Women’s Ensemble, jazz guitarist Simbarashe Hudson, Thabani Moyo, and Ezra Sibanda. The awards ceremony featured captivating performances by local artists like Mzoe 7 and Umnikazi Wempuphu, as well as a special tribute to the late Hip Hop artist, Calvin Ncube.

In addition to the music category, other awards were presented, including the Outstanding Gospel Act Award, which went to Everton Mlalazi, the Outstanding Alternative Music Award, which was won by Fab G, and the Outstanding Male Artist Award, which was bestowed upon Calvin Mangena.

Prior to the event, the top ten nominees for the People’s Choice Award were announced, with the ultimate winner being determined by the votes of those in attendance. 

According to Nkue Nkala, one of the organisers, the BAA (Bulawayo Arts Awards) are meant to recognise and honour exceptional individuals and collaborative artistes and artists who have made significant contributions to the arts scene in Bulawayo, Matebeleland North, South, and even those originally from the region but now practising internationally.

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12 days of Christmas concerts: Where to see holiday performances … –

BETHELHEM, Pa. — ’Tis the season of songs.

From student-led performances to community choirs, there are numerous ways to celebrate Christmastime in the Lehigh Valley.

Check out these Celtic, jazz and modern performances featuring classical and contemporary music.

Festival of Carols

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Central Moravian Church

The Central Moravian Church presents its Festival of Carols on Dec. 2 in Bethlehem.

Central Moravian Church will present its Festival of Carols, a choral and instrumental that features organ prelude, “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” by Rebecca Lepore, minister of music at the historic church that was founded in 1742.

Additionally, you can hear the church choir on anthems and choruses by Felix Mendelssohn, G.F. Handel, John Rutter and Dan Forrest; the Mainstreet Brass on a new set of Roger Harvey arrangements for Advent; and congregational hymns, including “Morning Star,” a Moravian Christmas tradition.

Tickets: Free

When: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: 73 W. Church St., Bethlehem


Bel Canto in Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.



The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The Bel Canto Youth Chorus’ holiday show includes Mendelssohn’s “He Watching Over Israel,” and selections from BWV 61 (with guests from the Bach Festival Orchestra).

The show will begin with a traditional Zimbabwean song of welcome and concludes with the singing of beloved carols.

The youth chorus — consisting of 50 musicians — was founded in 1993 by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

The performance will be conducted by Kelly Rocchi and Alaina Swartz.

Tickets: $15, free for students with school ID

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 21 Wyandotte St., Bethlehem


Be merry with the Vespers

For something full of seasonal spirit, Lehigh University Choral Arts Christmas Vespers will present its annual gift to the community.

The performance will be directed by Steven Sametz, with associate director, Hana Cai.

The longstanding holiday show combines two traditional forms of worship in the Moravian Church — the singstunde and the candlelight service.

Tickets: Free. Early arrival is suggested

When: 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec 10

Where: Packer Memorial Church, 18 University Drive, Bethlehem


Cheer with Charter Arts

The Charter Arts Vocal Music Department’s winter choral concert will feature traditional holiday songs performed by close to 200 student musicians made up of three of the school’s choirs.

Tickets: $11 adults, $6 students/children

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and Dec. 12

Where: 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem


The ‘light’ of the Chorale


Micaela Hood


Lehigh Valley Chorale is gearing up for its winter concert.

The Lehigh Valley Chorale will take the stage for “The Light That Leads Us Home,” a holiday showcase that mixes modern-day tunes with classics like Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Morton Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night.”

The chorale group, based in Easton, is led by Nick Sienkiewicz, the conductor of the 153-member choir, ages 18-80.

Tickets: $20

When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 3231 Tilghman St., Allentown


Santa and the Symphony

The Allentown Symphony’s annual “Holiday Pops” concert will feature Christmas classics, sing-a-long opportunities and a visit from Santa Claus.

Led by conductor Diane Wittry and vocalist Michael Andrew, this year’s guest stars include Robert Trexler, the Emmaus High School Chorale, the Accent School of Dance, the O’Grady Quinlan Academy of Irish Dance and the Uilleann Bagpipers.

Allentown Mayor Matt Tuerk will deck the halls as the opening speaker.

Tickets: $25 – $72

When: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16

Where: 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown


Christmas with Bach




Bach Choir of Bethlehem

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem will perform their Christmas concert in December.

The Bach Choir’s annual holiday program will consist of Bach’s “Magnificat,” and the festive “Cantana 63,” which he wrote in 1732.

Historically, “Magnificat” was performed in Germany and part of church services on Sundays, and recited in Latin, especially during holidays such as Christmas and Easter.

The Bach Choiris celebrating its 125th year in 2023.

The group was founded by John Frederick Wolle in 1898, nearly 150 years after Bach’s death.

Wolle was an organist at central Moravian at a time when Bach was tied to the singing tradition of the Moravians.

Tickets: $9 – $45

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Allentown and 4 p.m. Dec. 10 at First Presbyterian Church, 2344 Church St., Bethlehem.


Student recital

The Community Music School’s holiday show will feature student musicians from beginner to advanced levels.

The intimate recital, which will contain a mix of song and piano, prepares students for future live performances.

Tickets: Free, but donations are suggested to help fund the nonprofit’s programs.

When: 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 1544 Hamilton St., Allentown


Organ performance




Moravian Historical Society

The Moravian Historical Society’s Christmas concert features a erformance by Thomas Dressler on an organ that was built in the 1700s and is one of the oldest organs in the country.

Moravian Historical Society will present a concert with Thomas Dressler, director of music at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton.

Dressler will perform a yuletide concert on the 1776 Tannerberg organ.

The Tannerberg piece, in the museum of the Moravian Historical Society, was built by Moravian organ builder David Tannenberg.

Tannenberg arrived in Bethlehem on Nov. 25, 1776, to set up the organ, which was used in the Single Brethren’s House in Bethlehem.

Only nine of Tannerberg’s organs exist today.

The concert will take place in the museum on the second floor of the Whitefield House.

Tickets: $10

When: 3 p.m. Dec. 3

Where: Moravian Historical Society, 214 E. Center St., Nazareth


A Creole Christmas

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a New Orleans group founded by tuba player Allan Jaffe, will bring some soulful, Southern sounds to the Lehigh Valley.

The jazz troupe will perform original holiday hits, plus favorite Christmas tunes such as “Walking in a Winter Wonderland, and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Tickets: $35-$55

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton


Celtic candlelight




Governor Wolf Historical Society

The Governor Wolf Historical Society will host a Celtic Christmas concert in December

You can warm up at the Gov. Wolf Historical Society’s holiday event, which will feature classic Celtic Christmas songs by the Seasons.

The family band is based in Harrisburg and performs with the Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and hammered dulcimer.

There will be a dessert buffet and light refreshments served.

The concert will take place in the newly restored Wolf Academy.

Reservations are recommended and seating is limited. 
Tickets will be available at the venue Dec. 2 and 3 during the holiday history event.

Call or email for tickets at 610-737-3000 or

Tickets: $20 non-members, $15 members

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 10

Where: 6600 Jacksonville Road, Bath


Old time charm

The banjo, fiddle and dulcimer will take center stage at the Bell Tower’s first-holiday concert.

You can enjoy traditional country tunes by local musicians Norm Williams and Tom and Betty Drunkenmiller.

Williams is known for his old-time Appalachian fiddle and gospel songs and tunes as well as other folk styles.

The Drukenmillers, with their son, Nate, began performing and recording in the 1990s.

Alongside Williams, the couple have made six recordings, most recently “Bound to Change.”

Tickets: $10

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Belltower Cultural Center, 2904 Church Road, Bangor


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Sikhala to challenge Mnangagwa from prison, appoints trade … – New

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Obert Masaraure

Sikhala expressed gratitude to Masaraure and Zimbabweans at large saying: “He, together with the masses, of our people adopted me from the dumpsite. Together with the masses of our people, they gave me the greatest gift of love-together with many others, he was humiliated and suffered in my name.

“He, like many, is the unsung hero of solidarity. He is now mandated to take the solidarity gospel to all the 10 provinces of our nation, to each and every village, street, township, growth point, town and city.”

The incarcerated opposition figure called on Zimbabweans to refrain from “dabbling in dubious politics”.

“To all those who have been blackmailed, scorned, humiliated, fought and dissuaded from exercising your free will solidarity to me, this is the time to organise yourselves without fear.

“You are not on the wrong side of history. Do not join the road of those on the wrong side of history. Do not dabble in dubious politics.”

Responding to the appointment, Masaraure said the task was daunting but expressed optimism over the number of people who have already volunteered.

“The task is bigger than my small shoulders but I am confident that if all progressive citizens pull together we can secure the release of our Zimbabwean Mandela,” said Masaraure on X.

“We have made inroads in the first 24 hours of appointment. We are impressed with the number of volunteers who have joined the fight.”

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