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Energetic Royal Wedding Preacher Used The Word “Love” Over 60 Times In His Sermon

Bishop Michael Curry reportedly said the word ‘love’ no less than 58 times during his wedding sermon.

The Chicago native, the first black presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, gave an address titled the Power of Love at the service this afternoon where he was due to say the word at least 58 times. But after opening his energetic speech with the words of Dr Martin Luther King, hailing his views on love as ‘right’, he went slightly ‘off-piste’ and reportedly said the word more than 60 times. ‘


We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way,’ Bishop Curry quoted.

He then said: ‘There’s power in love. Don’t underestimate it. Don’t even over-sentimentalise. There is power, power in love.’ He added: ‘

Love can help and heal when nothing else can. There’s power in love to lift up and liberate when nothing else will.’

Such power could be seen in the service, he continued, saying: ‘Two young people fell in love and we all showed up.’

The bishop’s words rose in a passionate crescendo as he spoke of the link between love and the divine, his style a stark contrast to the sober delivery of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who was officiating. And Twitter couldn’t get enough of the bishop’s speech, whose animated performance was a departure from the type of sermons the royal family would normally see at church services.

Ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband was full of praise for Rev Curry, saying: ‘Rev Michael Curry could almost make me a believer.’

While Channel 4 presenter Cathy Newman wrote: ‘Loving how Michael Curry is shaking the whole thing up here.’ ‘This wedding needed Bishop Michael Curry’s energy and we should all be grateful to Meghan for that,’ said Michelle Collins.

While at times several of the congregation could be seen smiling and exchanging glances during the speech which cited love as the key to curing global problems. In a moment of light self-deprecation, Bishop Curry noted he had to soon sit down, gesturing to the couple and adding ‘we need to get y’all married’.

Drawing the threads of his address together, he concluded: ‘If humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.’


The full address:

An old medieval poem says it: Where true love is found, God himself is there. Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. Song of Songs 8:6-7

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: ‘We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way. There’s power in love. Do not underestimate it. Anyone who has ever fallen in love, knows what I mean. But think about love in any form or experience of it. It actually feels good to be loved, and to express love.

There is something right about it. And there’s a reason. The Bible, 1 John 4 says it this way: Beloved, let us love one another because love is from God; Everyone who loves is born of God. Whoever does not love does not know God For God is love. (1 John 4:4-8) There’s power in love. Love can help and heal when nothing else can. Love can lift up and liberate for living when nothing else will.

And the love that brings two people together is the same love that can bind them together, Whether on mountaintops of happiness and through valleys of hardship. Love is strong as death It’s flashes are flashes of fire. Many waters cannot quench love Love can see you through! There’s power in love.

But the love of which we speak is not only for couples getting married or just for interpersonal relationships. Jesus of Nazareth taught us that the way of love is the way to a real relationship with the God who created all of us, and the way to true relationship with each other as children of that one God, as brothers and sisters in God’s human family.

One scholar said it this way: Jesus had founded the most revolutionary movement in human history: a movement built on the unconditional love of God for the world and the mandate to live that love.” (Charles Marsh’s The Beloved Community) And in so doing, to change lives and the world itself!

There’s a reason. An old spiritual may suggest why: If you cannot preach like Peter, And you cannot pray like Paul, You can tell the love of Jesus, How he died to save us all There is a balm in Gilead To make the wounded whole There is a balm in Gilead To heal the sin sick soul Just tell the love of Jesus, how he died to save us all. He didn’t sacrifice his life for himself, or anything he could get out of it, He did it for others, for the other, for the good and well being of others, That’s love How does St. Paul say it?

Love is not jealous, rude, or boastful. Love does not insist on its own way. Love is unselfish, sacrificial, kind and just. Love seeks the good and the well-being of the other. Love makes room and space for the other to be. (See 1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

This love, this is the way of Jesus. And it’s game changer.

Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way.

Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way.

Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way.

Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way.

Imagine our world when love is the way.

No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that Poverty would become history in such a world as that. The earth would be as a sanctuary in such a world as that. We would treat one another as children of God, regardless of differences. We would learn how to lay our swords and shields down by the riverside to study war no more. There would be a new heaven, a new earth, a new world. A new and beautiful human family. The very dream of God Love is strong as death It’s flashes are flashes of fire.



Many waters cannot quench love The late French Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, was at once a scientist, a Roman Catholic priest, a theologian, a true mystic. His was one of the great minds and spirits of the 20th century. He suggested that the discovery and harnessing of fire was one of the great technological discoveries of human history.

Fire made it possible to cook food, thereby reducing the spread of disease.

Fire made it possible to stay warm in cold climates, thereby marking human migration possible.

Fire made the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Revolution possible.

If you drove here this morning, you did so in part because of harnessed fire.  I flew here from the U.S. due to controlled burn of fire.

Fire is involved in broadcasting this wedding around the world. And we can text, tweet, email, and otherwise socially engage one another due to fire.

Fire was one of the great technological discoveries of humanity. In light of this, de Chardin said that if human beings ever harness the energies of love,  then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire. Love is the very fire and energy of real life!

Dr. King was right: ‘We must discover the power of love, he redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.’ My brother, my sister, God love you, God bless you. My brothers, my sisters, God love you, God bless you. And may God hold us all In those almighty hands of love. Amen



Harry And Meghan To Visit Thomas Markle In Mexico

Prince Harry and Meghan are reportedly set for a trip to Mexico to visit her father Thomas Markle, who was too ill to attend their wedding.

The prince has never met his 73-year-old father-in-law, who is recovering from heart surgery.


It is not known when the royal couple, who are also planning their honeymoon, will make the trip. A source told The Sun: ‘Meghan and Thomas are both devastated he wasn’t able to attend the wedding and have discussed seeing each other soon. ‘

They have been speaking all week, mostly by text.


markleThomas Markle missed the wedding as he is recovering from heart surgery (Picture: MEGA)

Prince Charles stepped in to walk Meghan down the aisle (Picture: Getty) Meghan’s mum Doria Ragland was able to attend and mixed with Charles and Camilla (Picture: PA)

‘Thomas has told other family members he hopes and expects Meghan and Harry to come to see him.’ Meghan’s dad has been in regular contact with American gossip website TMZ over the last week, offering updates about his health and speaking out about his daughter’s wedding.

He most recently revealed that he sent her a text on the day of the wedding, telling her that he loves her. Mr Markle watched the coverage of the day on TV from his bed as he recovers from heart surgery.

He also warned his relatives to ‘shut up about everything’ now that Meghan is officially a member of the royals.

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He told TMZ: ‘The service was beautiful and it’s history. I will always regret not being able to be there and not being able to hold my daughter’s hand. ‘My baby girl is a duchess and I love her so much. When you watch your child get married, every thought goes through your mind, every memory from the first day she was born, the first time I held her.’

Members of Meghan’s family faced criticism in the lead-up to the wedding.

It emerged that Mr Markle staged paparazzi photos showing him getting ready for the big day. His daughter Samantha, Meghan’s half-sister gave various TV interviews and claimed she was being ‘censored’ by Meghan, while Thomas Markle Jr reportedly wrote a letter to Prince Harry explaining why he should not marry his sister. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland flew in from Los Angeles for the big day, and was pictured travelling with her daughter to Windsor Castle and chatting with Prince Charles.


2 Sons Of Wealthy Nigerian Parents Spared Jail Following Attack On Friend Over “Whose Parent Is Richest” Row

Two students from wealthy Nigerian homes who battered a fellow student with a shisha pipe in an argument over whose daddy was the richest, have been spared jail.

Elvis Ilonze, 20, who is so rich he had his Mercedes covered in fur, attacked his childhood friend Prince Nnaji in the flat they shared on North Street in Brighton.

Mr Nnaji tried to escape the flat but Ilonze, along with his friend Daniel Oluyemi, 24, chased after him and beat him with a wine bottle on April 7 last year at about 10pm
While inside the flat Louanna Rayawa, Mr Nnaji’s girlfriend, tried to stop the attack, but was pushed to the ground by Elvis Ilonze.


The pair also assaulted law student Chiedozie Dibiagwu, 23, who was sitting on a chair nearby and witnessed Mr Nnaji being assaulted.

Nnaji and Ilonze had known each other from Nigeria, but when Nnaji dared to suggest that he had the richer father Ilonze decided to ‘teach him a lesson’.

Ilonze and Oluyemi, 24, both pleaded guilty to two counts of assault occasioning grevious bodily harm and were spared jail at the Old Bailey.

Privileged’ Ilonze came to the UK to study a four-year Masters of Engineering degree at the University of Sussex, and is one year away from completing his course.


His barrister Tom Hoskins said that Ilonze faces deportation back to Nigeria if he were given a sentence of more than one year in custody.

Oluyemi, who is training to become an accountant at the same university, is expecting a child in September or October.

His barrister, Johnathan Page, said that the right place for him is at home, preparing for the ‘momentous occasion’, not in prison.

Judge Christine Laing QC spared the ‘cosseted’ pair jail, suspending a one-year custodial sentence for 18 months to give them ‘one last chance’.

The judge said: ‘Unlike many of the people who pass through the courts you both come from, effectively, backgrounds of privilege.

‘It couldn’t be more childish, effectively an insult on somebody’s parents – who’s got the richer dad – that started this fight.

‘You both appear to be incredibly immature, perhaps as a result of being cosseted in your upbringing.’

The judge added that the pair of them, though immature, have ‘much to contribute to society’.

Both Ilonze, who wore a blue suit, and Oluyemi, wearing a grey suit and glasses, thanked the judge for sparing them jail before leaving the Old Bailey dock.

Ilonze, of Hendon, and Oluyemi, of Colindale, North London, admitted two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

They were each given a one-year prison sentence, suspended for 18 months.


UK Drivers Can Claim For Cost Of Repairing Damage Caused By Potholes

If you are a UK car driver like me, you couldn’t have failed to notice the current poor state of many roads today. Even on the shortest of trips, you are faced with the challenging battle of avoiding several potholes, many of them quite deep and close together.

And this is a condition affecting many roads all over the UK and which authorities are seemingly uninterested in dealing with.

Aside the need for seriously advanced driving skills which I must say is undoubtedly put into test as you negotiate your way round these hazards, and try and avoid losing control of your vehicle or running into other stationary or oncoming ones as you swerve to avoid the potholes, there is also the question of the damage that your vehicle can be subject to from constantly driving into them.

But what are your rights if your car is damaged by a pothole and what is the best course of action to take?

The Money Saving Expert team have summed up your rights when it comes to pothole damage.


First of all – what is a pothole, technically?

A pothole is a road defect that causes an immediate risk or hazard

The website states: “Potholes are usually caused by water seeping down into the road surface, then freezing and creating gaps that widen up into gaping holes in the road.

“According to many councils, in order to count as a pothole the hole must be at least 40mm deep – about the height of two 20p coins. If the one you hit wasn’t that deep you can still claim, but it could be tougher to get anything back.

“If your car’s been damaged by a problem in the road which isn’t a pothole – if you’ve hit a piece of loose pavement, for instance – you may still be able to claim by following the step-by-step system below. But your chances depend on how the road defect is categorised by the authority responsible.”



Proving it

The consumer website states:

“Hitting a pothole normally causes damage to a car’s tyres, wheels or axles, and you’ll often know immediately that something’s wrong (you’ll probably hear it).

“In order to claim for the damage, you’ll have to prove the pothole caused it – that the repairs you’re having to shell out for were specifically caused by your impact with the pothole. Your mechanic should be able to put this in writing for you.

“If your vehicle already had a problem, and the pothole made it worse, you can still claim but you won’t get the full repair costs back.”

Who is to blame?

Different authorities are responsible for maintaining certain types of road.

Advice from Money Saving Expert states that after you have checked who to contact, you should ask if claim forms can be sent to you, or if you can download them online.

It states: “You can claim if your vehicle’s damaged and the authority responsible for the road failed to properly maintain it

“Britain’s highway authorities and agencies are legally obliged to maintain roads to a safe standard. That includes fixing potholes.”




According to the Money Saving Expert team, if your vehicle has been damaged and you feel the local council hasn’t maintained the roads correctly, the amount you can claim depends on the extent of the damage to your vehicle.

The website says that typical car damage claims are between £300-£500.

Some drivers who’ve claimed have successfully recouped the entire amount – in other cases, they’ve won part of the cost.

The website states: “There’s no explicit sentence in law which covers claiming for potholes, but there are laws which force authorities to keep the roads safe – and that’s what you’ll be claiming the authorities have failed to do.”

In England and Wales, the relevant legislation can be found in Parts 42-58 of the Highways Act 1980.

It adds: “For most pothole claims there’s a step-by-step procedure you can follow. But if your claim’s not successful, ultimately the last resort is to go to the small claims court.”




What will happen?

The Money Saving team advises that initially you will get a confirmation of your claim. You might be passed on to a company that handles a council’s claims, which could result in a bit of a longer wait.

Usually it is about one month before a response is sent.

After that, one of three things will happen.

1. You will win and get the full costs sent to you.

2. You may get a partial offer. In this instance Money Saving Expert suggests you should ‘be willing to compromise’ because pursuing a claim through the courts can be very expensive.

3. Your claim is rejected.

TV Presenter Ant McPartlin Arrested After Drink Driving Crash

TV star Ant McPartlin, who is one half of presenting duo Ant and Dec has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a crash in south west London.

The 49 year old TV host is reported to have lost control of his black mini on a roundabout and crashed head-on into a green Mini containing a couple and their young child.

His car, with a distinctive double red stripe, is also said to have hit a maroon BMW and ended up on the opposite side of the road, the Mirror reported .

He also reportedly failed a police breathalyser test and was taken into custody.

His mum Christine and Labrador Hurley were in the car with him, and all three were said to be unhurt.

The child in the green Mini was taken to hospital and the girl’s mum appeared to have minor injuries, a witness said.

Amy Cassie, 23, who helped Ant’s mum get the dog out of the car, said: “Ant seemed furious after crashing the car.”

She continued: “The police took him to the back of the police car to remove him from the situation.

“The couple in the green Mini were really shaken up and their child, who was a girl, could only have been about three years old.

“Ant and his mum didn’t seem to have any injuries, but the mum in the green car had split her lip and the side of her face was very red.”

Ant's car was covered up after the reported crash
Ant’s car was covered up after the reported crash

Police, paramedics and firefighters attended the scene in Mortlake, South West London, and the busy road was closed.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Police in Richmond were called to Lower Richmond Road, SW14 at 15:59hrs on Sunday, 18 March following reports of a road traffic collision involving three vehicles.

“Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended.

“A number of individuals were treated at the scene for minor injuries only. A child passenger from one of the cars has been taken to hospital for a check up as a precaution.

McPartlin returned to work last year after a three-month stint in rehab for an addiction to prescription painkillers.

In January, he confirmed he was divorcing his wife of 13 years, Lisa Armstrong, due to the pressure put on their marriage by his drug problems.


Saturday Night Takeaway fans have predicted the show will be dropped after Mcpartlin’s arrest

Fans of the ITV entertainment show shared their fears that the incident would end McPartlin’s career.

Spice Girls To Reunite In Epic £50M Deal

They are without a doubt one of the biggest pop acts to ever grace the face of the Earth, and fans have been clamouring for a proper reunion ever since the 2012 Olympic Games. And it seems that six years after that momentous moment in pop culture, the Spice Girls have finally said yes to a reunion featuring the entire original line-up.

Geri Horner, Victoria Beckham, Mel B, Mel C, and Emma Bunton have agreed to get together for the sum of £10 million each, according to The Sun.

Simon Fuller, the man who masterminded their original pop success, is said to have put the deal together. Victoria has long been known to be the biggest hurdle to a reunion, having chosen to steer clear of music to focus on her career as a fashion designer, but has reportedly said yes on the condition she doesn’t have to sing. According to The Sun, the five stars have agreed to deal which will see them take on a TV show, endorsements and a greatest hits outing

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Spice Girls photographed backstage at the Brit Awards in February 1997 .; (Photo by Ray Burmiston/Photoshot/Getty Images)


However, it seems Posh has finally relented, as an insider told the newspaper: ‘This is the pop reunion no one thought would ever happen again. But after a long period of negotiation Victoria agreed the time is right to work on new projects this year.’ The ‘exciting’ move reportedly is set around TV projects in China, a new telly talent show, endorsement deals and a compilation album celebrating their greatest hits. However, fans should be warned that a full-on world tour is off the cards, as the source explained: ‘Victoria and Geri agreed it would be impossible to be part of a fully-fledged tour because of family and business commitments.’

spice vVictoria has changed her mind about a get-together, but is said to have sought assurances she won’t have to sing (Picture: Action Press/REX/Shutterstock)

Speaking about why Victoria has seemingly had a huge change of heart, they added: ‘Now that she’s a top designer Victoria is concerned about singing but she wants to make money to pump back into her business.’ The singer’s VB fashion house reported a loss of £4.6 million in accounts made public last year. The reunion will be a huge surprise to fans given it was only a few months ago that Victoria said Spice Girls comeback was NEVER going to happen.

Speaking to This Morning, she said: ‘It is not happening. At some point you’ve gotta know when it’s time say, “that was great”.’ has reached out to reps of Victoria and the group for comment.




Second Royal Wedding Looms As Princess Eugenie Gets Engaged

So a second Royal Wedding of the year looms as Princess Eugenie, daughter of Duke & Duchess of York got engaged to her long term boyfriend, party organiser Jack Brooksbank.


Her engagement ring is reported to cost in excess of £100k, twice the cost of Meghan’s ring.

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Copy of the Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring at argos at £32.99

Already a copy of Eugenie’s ring is available for sale at Argos at £32.99. So if your Bae presents you with it, know where he got if from.