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25.12.2004 General News

K'si: Christians mark Christmas with church services

By GNA

Kumasi, Dec. 25, GNA - Ghanaians have been advised to use the Christmas festivities as a unique opportunity to resolve to shift their emphasis from the practice of mere buying and selling to investing in more productive ventures.

Bishop J.N.K. Boateng, Founder of the Gospel Revival Church of Christ, who gave the advice said this is because the over-dependence on buying and selling was counter-productive, and had negative consequences on the national economy, hence the need to now move away from it. Bishop Boateng gave the advice at a Christmas service held by the Gospel Revival Church of Christ at Sofoline in Kumasi, on Saturday, to mark Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ.

He explained that the birth of Jesus Christ signalled and called for a positive change of attitude and approach to planning and implementing schemes, and not for the "maintenance of the old order or way of doing things".

Bishop Boateng also advocated for a change of attitude by workers to their endeavours, saying "the habit of getting to work late and leaving early, should cease with the advent of the birth of our lord Jesus Christ".

He stated that if the country has to develop and progress as expected, then workers in both the public and private establishments should commit themselves to not only being punctual at work but also working assiduously at their workplaces.

Delivering the sermon at the Christmas service at the Lord Brotherhood Church at South Suntreso, Kumasi, Primate S.K. Adofo, Spiritual Head of the church, said it is wrong and misleading to assume that Christmas was just an occasion for parties and wining and dining. He said Christmas is rather a period that offers a platform for Christians to shirk themselves off their greed and arrogance, and to re-place such negative attributes with the spirit of benevolence and generosity.

Primate Adofo said such benevolence and generosity should not just be by word of mouth but rather take the form of genuine and practical sharing of greetings, gifts and resources with the have-nots, poor and street children.

He cautioned that the goodwill and benevolent gesture would have no meaning nor significance to the birth of Christ unless it is extended to the needy and less fortunate ones.

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