A Day at Church

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A Day at Church

If you are in my line of work, it is easy to realize that there is hardly time for church at all. I work all day, round the clock, in between shifts, including the weekends. Well, I might get a day off, once in a while, but, it does not come often. Ever since the Sabbath was moved, it became even more difficult to rest on Sundays. Do not get me wrong; I am not complaining. I might even enjoy my job more than I think I do. This week was a little different in a way. I had to prepare for the Church I was assigned to.

I was early as usual, before a soul could open the door. I waited till the head usher and head of the prayer group arrived. I did not go in. I waited at the d ...

The Day I Slept

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It was 11pm. I laid on my bed exhausted from the day’s work. It was hard to tell what exactly was the most tiring in the day. Was it the work done? Or, the traffic in Lagos? Or, was it that I had to wake up as early as 4am? Anyways, it would not matter since I have got the weekend to rest. Thank God it is Friday – TGIF as they put it these days. I remember the last thoughts on my mind was that the garri was almost finished, and, I am yet to get my salary for the month… and the month still remains one more week to end.

I sank into depression as my calculative mind realized that the remaining cash is barely enough for me till the end of the month. “Oh!” I said to myself, “Why am ...
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Chapter 4 (Finale) – The Portrait: Victory

The portrait flashed its lights to give way for Adegoke first, then, Joshua second and the demon last. The cherubs tried to hold down the demon in the coffee shop, but, it would not let them. The cherubs went to each side of the demon, kicked it at its knees, till it was kneeling down before them. They held its hands backwards. They snapped their fingers and a glittering silver chain appeared. In attempt to tie the demon up, it struggled with them. It turned out its horns and suddenly, it had more strength than both of them. It set itself free and was about running out of the coffee shop. By this time, those in the shop had found their way ...

Chapter 3 – The Portrait: Mystery

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Chapter 3 – The Portrait: Mystery

The spirit of the witches and wizards were aggravated. Joshua had displaced them from their human hosts through several deliverances happening at the crusades. They were grossly displeased. They lodged several complaints to Lucifer, but, he did not count it relevant. Up until, one of his princes, Bain-Sortarn was summoned from Tartarus. Lucifer thought, one of his great princes would handle the situation appropriately. Oh, how wrong he thought… it became a more serious concern for Lucifer when Bain-Sortarn became trapped in the portrait.
At the times when the sons of God gathered before the Lord, Lucifer was amidst them. He disguised as an ...
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(continued from Story-The Portrait (The Trapped Preachers and the Demon) by T-Ralph)

Chapter 2 – The Portrait: History

John was a frustrated young man. He had never always been like this. From his toddling age, his father told him the wonderful tales of Joshua his grandfather. He told him numerous stories of Joshua in the land of Jokojaye and the four surrounding villages. The exploits performed by his grandfather, Joshua, and his very good friend, Adegoke, were so astonishing that the people of the town called them gods. These days, such stories had become legends grandparents tell their grandchildren as moonlight tales.
It all began three hundred and three years ago, when the ...
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Introduction

This book is a christian short story about an ancient artifact which holds the secret to the history and deliverance of a community.

It is a simple thriller and suspense story that will hook you up till the end.


Chapter 1 - The Portrait: Misery

It was an early bright morning. The sun rose high before six o’ clock and Mr Adewale could not hide his happiness. He walked briskly to his coffee shop at the market square, holding the package wrapped in brown paper bag. He had been asked several times, “Who opens a coffee shop in the middle of a market?” Deep inside, he knew it was proper for him to continue the family business. His father told him that ...
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Episode Finale 5 - Tests and Temptations

It is crazy how one can suddenly become famous by appearing just once on a newspaper, John soon realized. Wherever he went on campus, he noticed the long stare and admirative look at him by those around. A lot of times, some people in groups whisper and point at him. In buses, people have occasionally asked, "Are you the one that won the national competition sponsored by the World Bank?"

One afternoon, John got a call from a number he could not identify because it was not on his phone's contact list. Upon picking the call, he could identify that it was Cindy's voice. He had not spoken with her since like forever, John though ...

Fickle Heart (Episode 4 - Love Maniac)

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Episode 4 - Love Maniac

It was resumption of their final session in the university. For the first time, John was not bothered about the crowdy nature of resumptions anymore. It could have been because he was happy this was the last year in school. It could have been because of the enthusiasm to see Esther. Or, it could have been both. But, John knew the greater reason was because he was meeting Esther on the day of resumption.

John arrived early at school and so did Esther. After settling in their hostels, they met that morning at the cafeteria. They greeted each other with a hug. They felt so glad to have met. It was as though they could not stop talking. There was always something t ...
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Episode 3 - Turning Around

It was resumptioin again. The beginning of a new session was always annoying to John. He considered the new students as nuisance to the school because they were always everywhere. He always thought the crowd of new students were as pieces of tiny paper littering the whole ground. Those new students would always ask silly questions about things in the school. The only kind of question John felt obligated to answer a wandering new student is the question to help the student locate a classroom or a building. Ben always tried his best to correct this notion. But, John was consistently adamant. "When I was a new student, I made good use of the student handbook a ...
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Fickle Heart

Episode 2 - Crush and be Crushed

"John, when do you want to travel home?" Ben asked. "I am still thinking about it. I don't think I would travel early this time", John replied. Ben and John were still stretching on their beds. It was the night after their final examination in second semester 200 level. They slept as though they were knocked down with a powerful sedative. They had several sleepless nights studying for their examinations, so, they slept for hours to compensate for the sleepless hours. However, hunger had cut short the sweet long sleep short. Ben let out a wide and long yawn while John responded with a louder yawn and a stomach rumble ...