‘Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’
Hebrews 12:1 NIV
1. The story is told of a traveller who met a guru along the road and asked him, ‘Where’s the road to success?’ The bearded sage didn’t speak but instead pointed to a place off in the far distance. The man, thrilled at the prospect of quick and easy success, rushed off in the...
2...appropriate direction. Splat! Down he went! He limped back, bruised & stunned. Assuming he must have misinterpreted the message, he repeated his question & again the philosopher pointed silently in the same direction. So the traveller took off once more. This time the splat..
"Being rich for us was something else. Rich for us was food to eat, drink to drink. You have a big plate in the middle of the table with some jollof rice and some chicken? You are rich that day, my friend" - Antonio Rudiger
"For me, football was not about dreaming. It was about survival. It was almost like choosing to become a plumber or a baker or a lawyer. It was a way to provide. I would be lying to you if I said that I dreamed of having big cars or playing in the Champions League or whatever."
"I was in the kitchen one morning and I asked my mother for a little bit of money. I think it was for a school trip or something. It was just a few euros. But she couldn't give it to me. And I remember exactly what hurt me. It wasn't that she said no. It was the look on her face"
One day I was walking down the street near my building when I saw an older German lady carrying some grocery bags. She was like a grandma, very weak and struggling. So I went over to help her. I said, “Here, I’ll help you with the bags. I can take them up.” And I will never...
...forget this lady turning to me, and the look of fear on her face. She thought that I was trying to steal her bags. She really thought that I was robbing her. It was just a moment. But you can’t get that moment back. The innocence ― it’s gone.
‘Blessed (happy, to be envied…) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant).’
Matthew 5:3 AMPC
1. When the rosy glow diminishes and reality sets in, what makes some marriages happy while others slide into misery? Luck? Good genes? Hanging tough? Hardly! Marital happiness that transcends changing circumstances is built on the qualities Jesus taught. Let’s look at them:
2. 1) Happy are the humble. ‘Blessed (happy…) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant).’ Pride that’s self-promoting and always demanding its rights brings misery, while humility, self-denial and considering your mate’s needs brings happiness.
‘He has sent Me…to proclaim liberty to the captives.’
Luke 4:18 NKJV
1. Michelangelo’s masterpiece David is in a gallery in Florence, Italy. Thousands of tourists wait for hours every day to get a glimpse. But many of them fail to notice the series of unfinished sculptures that line the corridor on the way to David. Their forms are identifiable –
2... a hand here, a torso there. The statues were intended to adorn the tomb of Pope Julius ll, but they were never finished. It’s almost as if they are trying to break free and become what they were intended to be, but they are stuck in stone. Michelangelo called them captives.
I had a plumbing problem and called my plumber. He came, fixed the sink and on his way out, told me he wanted to show me something. Dude opened his phone & showed me the project he just delivered - 4 duplexes, fully sold. When he told me his profit, I was stunned and speechless.
I was stunned but proud of him at the same time. You see, he is an intelligent guy, good at his job and knew a lot about construction obviously from experience of working on many projects. I had always encouraged him to scale up because I believe therein lies the big pay day.
Apparently, he took my counsel seriously and decided to partner with some people to do a real estate project. They pitched to someone who had cash and they were able to deliver. The investor made a good ROI. A return that made the investor commit to another round of the project.
1. Knowing our tendency to complicate things, Jesus said, ‘When you are praying, do not use thoughtless repetition…for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him’ (vv.7-8). By using the words ‘thoughtless repetition’, He’s teaching us that prayer doesn’t have to be long,
2..loud, or laboured. And bcos He said ‘your Father knows what you need before u ask Him,’ He’s inviting you to find a scriptural promise that corresponds to your need & stand on it. Charles Swindoll, who uses his driving time to pray, writes this: ‘Often I speak to God out loud.
‘But the fruit of the Spirit is…’
Galatians 5:22 NIV
1. Everybody has influence over somebody. It’s what you do with that influence that determines whether it’s negative or positive. Sociologists tell us that over a lifetime even the shyest & most introverted person will influence about ten thousand people. Every interaction you..
2..have with another person enriches or impoverishes them. Influence is never neutral. And u can’t turn it off, because it’s built into the structure of life itself. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter what your title is. Ultimately, your character will determine if the title fits you
‘They took note that these men had been with Jesus.’
Acts 4:13 NIV
1. To be ‘under the influence’ means to be controlled by something or someone other than yourself. Who you are, what you are, and where you are today is because you were under the influence of certain people. The company you keep influences your thinking, your thinking influences
2...your actions, your actions influence your character & your character determines your destiny. Influence is impossible to escape. It’s like the weather – always there to be reckoned with. That’s why it’s essential to monitor your children’s use of the internet, what they watch
I have always believed that the solution to racism, tribalism, bigotry and discrimination lies in the Church because Galatians 3:28 says "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man. there is neither male nor female; for we're all one in Christ". This is..
...the bedrock of our faith. Christianity provides this fantastic opportunity for us to bridge the divides around ethnicity through inter-tribal marriages and working together with people from different ethnic backgrounds for the sake of Christ. Unfortunately, over the years..
...our churches have become more sectarian. You will hear people openly describe a church as Igbo Church and another as Yoruba Church. Right inside the church, you will see parents preventing their wards from marrying a Christian from another tribe or another denomination.
‘Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.’
Ephesians 3:20 NKJV
1. Next time you see a big oak tree, remind yourself that it began as a tiny acorn. What you have to offer today may seem small, but when God blesses it, it can grow. In 1912, Dr Russell Conwell, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia, told about a Sunday school student..
2...named Hattie May Wiatt. Because of overcrowding, Dr Conwell had told Hattie May he would love to have buildings large enough for everyone to attend. When Hattie May became ill & died, Conwell was asked to preach at her funeral. The girl’s mother told him Hattie May had been..
1. You would be surprised how many people, even successful ones, struggle each day with unexpressed fears. Maybe you’re one of them. Bible says, ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love & of a sound mind’ (2Tim 1:7). Now if our fears don't come from God,..
2..where do they come from? Different sources: 1) The way you were programmed growing up in your family. 2) Overdosing each day on the news, 99% of which is negative. 3) Satan. The point is, your fears don’t come from God. Recognising the true source of your fears is the 1st step
Sometimes when I think of what we did as teenage Christians, I will cringe and sometimes burst out in laughter. Back in the day, we had a crew that specializes in deliverance. We all had our specialty in terms of which "demons" we had the competence to exorcise.
"OB" had the competence to combat the demon of sexual immorality. He cld spot the "seed of the whore" from a mile. "CN" was the HOD of the deliverance unit. "HA" was his deputy. My brother @AdeoluOgunnubi was the apprentice, while I was just the "teacher" to break down the "word"
Whenever there was a case, (which usually is another teenager or widow), CN will be contacted. He will then hold an initial interview with the subject to diagnose the problem and the demon we will be dealing with. This will help him select those who will perform the deliverance.
‘His…plan has always been to adopt us into his…family.’
Ephesians 1:5 TLB
1. In the Bible God commands us to love one another. Interestingly, He doesn’t command us to like one another. And that’s a good thing because you can love someone and not like certain things about them. Paul writes, ‘We are his workmanship’ (Ephesians 2:10 KJV).
2. The word ‘workmanship’ comes from the Greek word poiéma from which we get the word poetry. And poetry is a diversified and creative thing; it comes in many forms. That’s why the Bible says God works through different people in different ways (see 1 Corinthians 12:6).
‘Surely the LORD is in this place, and I was not aware of it.’
Genesis 28:16 NIV
1. Jacob lived life on the fast track doing business deals & making lots of money, unlike David who was on the slow track tending a flock of sheep in his pasture. But notice what each of them said abt God. ‘When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this
2...place & I was not aware of it.”’ On the other hand, David said: ‘I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I'll not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
‘He got into one of the boats…belonging to Simon.’
Luke 5:3 NIV
1. One day Jesus ‘saw at the water’s edge 2 boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats…belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then He sat down and taught the people from the boat. When He had finished
2...speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night & haven’t caught anything. But because You say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number
One of the biggest misconceptions is this idea that the 1999 constitution was written by the military. Not True! No single military man was in the constitution drafting committee of 1975/1997 and the CA in 1977. Infact, the 1999 constitution was a replica of the 1979 constitution
The 1999 Constitution was drafted by a Constitution Debate Co-ordinating Committee headed by Justice Niki Tobi, with Dr. Suleiman Kurmo as deputy. They went round the country collecting memoranda through town hall meetings in Benin, Enugu, Jos, Phc, Kaduna, Kano, Ibadan, Lagos...
...Sokoto. They excluded military formations. After all the debates, the Chairman Tobi said, “In the light of the memoranda and the oral presentation on the 1995 Draft Constitution, it's clear that Nigerians basically opt for the 1979 Constitution with relevant amendments. They..
‘Make full use of the gift that God gave you.’
2 Timothy 1:6 CEV
1. Unless you maintain your enthusiasm, life can wear you down. A job that once challenged you can become monotonous, a relationship that once excited you can grow stale, and a daily walk with God that once inspired you can feel like just going through the motions.
2. The word enthusiasm comes from the Greek word which means ‘possessed by or inspired by God’. But how do you stay inspired? Just as the Israelites gathered fresh manna every morning, you need a daily infusion of God’s Word & God’s Spirit. Paul challenged the Christians in Rome: