Saturday, November 11, 2017

TAKE CHRIST OR BE DAMNED?

If, as a (Christian) preacher, the crux of your evangelism is condemnation and damnation – ‘accept my Christ or be doomed to hell', then you have failed already.
I say this because the message of Christ was never about compulsion. He never focused on the sin; he never threatened his listeners with hell. Rather, he told them what he had to offer: 
“I am the way the truth and the life", "in my father's house there are many mansions", "and, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work" and, even, to the adulterer 'caught in the act' "neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more"...
So Jesus Christ himself focused on preaching the good life with him and what it offers, not to point out the bad life people were living and much damnation they will suffer. So why won’t our preachers focus on telling of what is to be gained in Christ rather than spread fear and tell people they are damned and doomed?  
It is like someone in a car telling a pedestrian at the bus-stop that: "come into my car or a trailer will come and kill you where you stand" instead of saying "come into my car and rest, there's AC and I have snacks.”
In these two scenarios, which is better? Hellooo, every adult in this world knows the concept of sin and the supposed consequences of it. So why have these ‘sinners’ not converted out of fear? It is simply because the era of embracing religion out of fear ended with the illiterate Africans who were exploited by missionaries who served as vanguards of colonial exploiters.

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ADVICE:
When next in a preaching situation, don’t raise your voice, don’t condemn, don’t criticize, don’t scare, don’t damn, just tell of the love of Christ and what anyone stands to gain, what you have gained, what you hope to gain, not just in heaven, but also here on earth, from being with Christ. Nothing more is needed.
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QUESTION TO PONDER:
Why did Jesus Christ not condemn all the many religions that existed in his time? Why is it that, in contrast, the very first thing we do as Christians is to set others apart from us and label them damned souls?
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ASSIGNMENT:
Read the RED LETTER edition of the new testament, that is, focus on the statements of Jesus Christ alone, just his direct attributed quotes and see what it tells you about the current face of Christianity and the fact there are, increasingly, more churchgoers than Christians.
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Read: Matthew 25:31–46
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PS: Christianity (religion) is not the problem. The Christians (and religious adherents) are the real problems. Are you truly living the true concept of your religion? Ask yourself.
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Selah!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Saturday, January 28, 2017

ROTATING SEED FUND – LETS BUILD A NEW GENERATION OF ENTREPRENEURS

We all say Nigeria is bad. We all complain about unemployment. We all blame everyone in sight but ourselves for what is wrong with the economy. We all want it to get better. That is true.
Now, Nigeria is bad and the economy is bad and unemployment is on the rise. We all know that only too well. But how many of us are willing or have attempted to add a little drop of water to the communal bowl from which we can resurrect Nigeria’s vegetable garden?
It is rather unfortunate that we are quick to complain and blame-throw than look inwards and contribute that little quota. Yet we all want things to get better. How will things get better? Who will do it if now other humans, Nigerians, like us? If you and I don’t put in one one kobo, how will we get the billions we need to get back on track?

Today I propose a new direction, a new option, a new dawn – one of hope and change, not the change that will stifle us, but the change that will benefit us all, directly and indirectly.
This morning I made a post on my wall about giving out a loan of N50,000 without interest to be paid back in 90 days, asking for viable business ideas. Frankly speaking, I was surprised by the sheer number of viable businesses and willing youths who want under N50,000 loans to get on their feet.
It is impossible for me as an individual to support more than one (or two) of these people. But, together, we could give hope to at least 10 (or more) of them. I am quite sure that N50,000 is within the reach of many of my friends here. You can invest that sum into someone’s life today and thereby save someone’s future.
To this end, I implore my wiling friends to take a look at the business ideas in this URL (click ) and pick one person to mentor and support towards the actualization of the proposed business. It doesn’t even have to be up to N50,000. Some of the ideas need less than that sum (and some may need more eventually).
We can start a very great thing here – a ROTATING SEED FUND (interest free) – that will last through the years and build a new generation of entrepreneurs who must take the pledge of devoting a portion of their profits (for 1 year) to helping other entrepreneurs get started.
Please if you are interested, inbox me or call me on 08060109295 and we will pair you with one person.
Time for rhetoric is over. We can do this.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

WHY WORKING (FREE) FOR EXPERIENCE IS GOOD: A NOTE FOR UNEMPLOYED GRADUATES

I don’t understand why people become so shocked when I tell them to offer their skills and time for free before they get someone to pay for those skills. To them, it is a most stupid thing. They would rather wait (for eternity) until a paying job comes, rather than do anything for free. But these people rush into internship offers from dubious companies who use them and spit them out to accommodate another set of ‘interns’.
But it really is not. Offering your skills and time for free is actually not a bad thing. It pays well in the long run. In fact, it is a good move for young graduates (and any person) that intends to build a lasting career and stand out, especially those without a job.
While you are looking for a job, staying in shape is very important. Take for example a footballer who is out of the academy without a team. Should he go home to the village and tell his agent to go looking for a team while lazing around, or should he keep going to the gym, training (and playing for FREE) with local teams?

If he stays at home, chances are that he will go rusty and when an offer comes, he will be too rusty to pass the test. If he has been keeping fit, two things may happen: he will be fit when the chance comes and/or he will get an offer, right there where he is working for free.
You have a lot to gain working for free, for experience, to hone your skills.That skill you gain on the free job may be what will stand you out from other applicants, probably with better grades than you are presenting.
Personally, I have made a habit of offering my services, FREE where necessary, especially to those who need it the most because they are the ones that will let me explore and learn.
I wasn’t being paid (much) but I was learning. It reflected in my grades and in my final year project. I finished my final year project six months before schedule and my supervisor made me a ‘mini-supervisor’ of sorts to some of my course mates.
It was at that point that I started my first blog. That blog is the foundation of the Facebook page that has now become my fast growing publishing company WORDS RHYMES & RHYTHM.
For one, your CV will thank you for it. Imagine being unemployed for two years and then you go for an interview and the interviewer asked you what you’ve been doing since you graduated two years ago. What would your response be?

I am a living example of this. When I got my second job at Daily Trust, someone who was a year lower than me in the university and who graduated with a less impressive result than mine (I was the 2nd best graduating student) was placed higher than me on the pay grade, despite the fact that I had worked for some months in Port Harcourt and he had just finished NYSC. Why? Simple: he had written some articles for the newspaper, free of charge, right from when he was an undergraduate. You see? Just a few articles and he skips over my head.

Secondly, the place where you are working for free may end up becoming the place where you will be working for pay, hiring other. Or, better still, you might learn so much and become so useful that someone will poach you from there. An example of the first is my colleague at my first place of work. She came in as a cleaner and decided to be helping out in the accounts section. She soon became a master at Microsoft Excel and was noticed. Then the boss employed her as an office assistant. She was encouraged to write WAEC and JAMB. She did and in a few years got a degree, and then a Masters Degree followed. Now, she is superior to some of the folks whose offices she used to clean some 10 years back. Would she have gotten in if she had refused to help, for FREE, in the accounts section? I think she might have had a stellar career as a cleaner.

I will talk about three instances on my professional career.

When I was an undergraduate at the Ahmadu Bello University, I offered my services to a lecturer as a research assistant. I would scour hundreds of books and web pages on his behalf for hours on end. It was rigorous.
I still make some money from researching, especially content analysis. My research skills have helped me in every single place I have worked since then.
The second instance is during my NYSC in Anambra state. I created a volunteer team of teachers to boost the English speaking and writing ability of students in the senior classes at the Nnamdi Azikwe Senior Secondary School Abagana where I was posted. It was there that I was scouted (by the principal) to teach English and Literature at the African Thinkers College of Inquiry (ATCOI), an institution affiliated with the Nnamdi Azikwe University, Awka. I was paid a weekly wage there. It is no wonder that I left NYSC with nearly NGN100,000 while my colleagues borrowed transport fares to return home.


I also remember that, on returning home from NYSC and finding no job, I visited one small internet café in Maraba a lot. I spent a large part of my NYSC savings surfing the web for jobs and scholarships. Soon, I was close pals with the owner of the café, because I spent a lot of time there. I offered him my typing services since I had nothing to do with my free time. I was faster than he was (another skills gained working as my lecturer’s research assistant) so he obliged. He rewarded me by allowing me to use internet free, provided there was no customer.
Can you see now how offering your services (and time) without pay is actually not offering it out for FREE. Volunteering for a cause, helping out at hospitals etc are not only skill-building opportunities but also good for networking.
Above all, using your skills to make someone happy gives a good feeling. I love it. You will love it too. Just give it a try, today.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

HAPPINESS IS A CONSCIOUS CHOICE


are you looking for ultimate happiness, trying hard day and night to get to nirvana – that particular place/achievement where you'll be in a state of perpetual happiness? well, the bad news is that you may not find that place where you'll get ultimate happiness (while on earth at least). indulge me with a bit of your time to explain this submission.

i have come to learn, the hard way, that happiness is not place or time bound. you have to constantly make it and practically carry it around. happiness is not a degree you earn and own perpetually. no, it is daily wages that you have to pray and work for. of course some happy times may linger, for a long while. but you'll be left wallowing in sorrow very soon if you relax, thinking you've reached destination happy.
don't postpone your happiness for "when i get married", "when i get a better job", "when i win a scholarship", "when i do this-or-that",... enjoy it now!
happiness is in the things you do every day, the things you do for you, for people, with yourself and with people. happiness is you having a slice of bread to swallow while planning to own two tomorrow. it is sharing that slice with someone who has none. happiness is laughing at yourself while plotting your comeback. happiness is making things happen around you – for your people, for yourself.

in other words, you must find happiness on a daily basis and enjoy those little things, moments that make you happy. find humor in the little things of life, because you may die before you attain that goal you think will make you happy. what if you don’t attain it? what if you attain the goal and it turns out to not be as exciting as you anticipated?

celebrate your little victories. you graduate with a 2nd class, congratulate yourself, instead of rubbishing it because you did not get first class. what of those that are still looking for admission? if you can afford a second hand suit, wear it with pride, instead of sulking around. what of those that cannot even afford anything? if you have a 40k job, do it with a smile, instead of envying those earning 400k. what of those who are walking on the streets looking for a job, any job?

when your dark clouds part
for the penis of happiness
will you allow yourself
enjoy the orgasm
before it ends?
happiness is ice cream in a cup
you should eat it, before it melts
into a cup of useless sweetness


we live for
tiny moments –
like slivers of sunlight
penetrating the hymen
of a virgin rainforest in Africa

do not postpone the moments
in vain search for hours of bliss
for hot coals soon become ash
so, when your dark clouds part
for the penis of happiness
will you allow yourself
enjoy the orgasm
before it ends?
life is progressive if you want it to be so. small pockets of happiness, when recognized, become building blocks of your happiness-mansion. remember that even those who dig for gold in the fields only get tiny nuggets which they gather, not huge gold bars.
to be happy is to make a conscious choice. do you want to be happy? make the decision…

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