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Misty Copeland Explains How—and Why—She Took Her Haters Head-On After They Went Viral

Misty Copeland explains why she clapped back at haters after criticism over her fail performance of Swan Lake in Singapore

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Here’s Why Meghan Markle Won’t Be Wearing the Same Tiara that Kate Middleton Wore On Her Wedding Day

Meghan Markle won’t wear the Cartier Halo tiara, which Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day because it will be on display in the National Gallery of Australia.

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Kim Kardashian and Millie Bobby Brown Finally Met, and It Was Incredible

It’s a well-known fact that Millie Bobby Brown is a fan of Kim Kardashian, and the two finally met after months of geeking out over each other on Twitter.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Wedding Will Cost a Lot—Like, a Lot—of Money

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding will cost upwards of $45 million, according to Bridebook estimates.

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Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Don’t—and Won’t—Know the Sex of Royal Baby No. 3

Kate Middleton and Prince William don’t know whether their third royal baby will be a boy or a girl due to royal tradition—instead, it will be announced after the birth.

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VCN Sports boss drums support for special sports athletes

As the Commonwealth Games begins this week in Gold Coast, Australia, management of VCN Sports have appealed to the Federal Government, Corporate World and Sports Loving individuals to be more involved in the development and promotion of sports among Special athletes.

Nwaribeaku

Physically Challenged Sportsmen and women have specially boosted Nigeria’s medal hauls in the past and the VCN management is emphatic that a more radical exposure and development of the athletes would make Nigeria take a leading role in Special Sports globally.

MD/CEO of VCN Sports, Chief Victor Nwaribeaku (Akwu-Ugo) has indeed bold indexed his passionate plea by offering to sponsor a wheelchair Tennis championship at the Tennis Court of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos from April 16-20, 2018.

The Imo state born Nwaribeaku is of the view that the VCN Wheelchair Tennis Championship would produce future stars while also giving the much needed exposure to lots more.

“VCN is about ensuring Sports be at its’ high standard and we do not compromise on taking Special athletes along because they’re very important in our society.

“Our appeal to the Corporate World and governments is for them to sponsor development programmes and Nigeria would benefit immensely.”

 

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COUPLE BORN THREE DAYS APART: Pa Ogundare at 80: I nearly called off our wedding plans because I lost my job

By Charles Kumolu, Deputy Features Editor

A former Managing Director of Skyway Press, a subsidiary of The Punch Group of Companies, Mr. Samuel Ogundare, in this interview in celebration of his 80th birthday and 50th  marriage anniversary, speaks on his journey so far in life. Ogundare, who was born on a Good Friday, precisely three days before the birth of his wife, also offers insight into the secrets of a successful marriage.

*Papa and Mama Ogundare

You share the same birth period with your wife. What does it feel like?

It is one of the things we have in common and I am happy about it.

We are of the same age but it has never been an issue for us. She is respectful.

The man she mentioned in her interview was also a mentor to me as a young man. My wife and I did not know ourselves before she came with him to Lagos.   He was working with the Teacher Training Institute in the 1950s. Whenever the man visited Lagos in the 1960s, he always stayed in my one-room apartment. When he became a member of the House of Representatives, he was also coming to my house.   It was during one of those visits that he came with a young woman (my wife). He didn’t tell me he was bringing anybody. I didn’t tell him I needed a wife while my wife did not tell him he needed a husband. But he just brought us together.

Were you under any pressure to get married before then?

It is difficult to answer that question.   There was a woman I wanted to get married to between 1963 and 1964. She was in a college then. But when she left the college in December 1964, she disappointed me, saying she was no longer interested in the marriage because I was a poor man.   That pressure was there but between that time and the time I met my wife, I met other ladies, who I did not get married to.

When one is in that kind of situation, the first available people may not be the best people. I was looking for someone who was very lovely, beautiful and honest. I just had that in my mind. I did not want to just get married to any lady who did not have the qualities I wanted in a wife. It was not just because I was looking for a wife. Even with my poverty status, I was not ready to take anybody who did not have the qualities I needed. Between January 1965 and 1966, I met some women but I did not see in them the beauty and goodness I saw in my wife. When I met her, I saw what I wanted. Some other people may be more beautiful than her, but God made me see the qualities I wanted in a woman. Our meeting was ordained by God.

50 years of marriage is no mean feat. What were those things that ensured the success of your marriage?

She loved my mother and my mother loved her. My mother was more than anything to me. But for my mother, I would not have achieved anything in life. She took my mother as her own mother. It was easy for me to love her since she loved my mother. I felt that since she loved my mother who suffered so much for me, it will be very unfair for me not to love her.more

Women don’t like their husbands to spend money on their families. In fact, in most cases, it affects the relationship between the man and the woman. But my wife was sincerely happy that I was spending money on my family. I was very happy about it and it made me love her more. At that time, I was poverty personified. From the little money I was making, I was sending some to my mother, who was old and my wife was happy about that, unlike other women.

My mother taught me so many things that are useful to me in life.   She told me not to eat anybody’s food whether I am married or not. When I was working at the Punch, I often came back at 12: am or 1: am and still eat because I didn’t have the habit of eating outside.

On children

My children were well brought up because I left my wife to mould their character. Some people often say that the man is supposed to be strict with the children but it was not so for me. I didn’t shout at my children because of the experiences I had while growing up in my father’s house. My mother brought me up under difficult circumstances and I became a better man in life. When I was growing up, I could not talk to my father because he didn’t like me. I was not close to him because our home was a polygamous one. In Yoruba mythology, a man only likes the children of the wife who he loves. My father did not like my mother which made it possible for him to dislike me.

My father contributed little or nothing to my life even though I looked much like him. He hated me. Because of that experience, I love my children. When they were growing up, they always played with me and they didn’t run away from their mother who was the disciplinarian of the house. Other children would have avoided their mothers because of the way she disciplined them but my children did not do that. She took adequate care of them. For example, the baby of the house, who lives in the US, didn’t like relating with her mother when they were growing up because she always disciplined them. But whenever she calls now, she would talk to me for two minutes and talk to her mother for 30 minutes because she has realised that her mother was only making her a better person then. Now she has seen that the mother was not a difficult person.

Coming to Lagos in 1963

I left primary school in 1953 and Awolowo started free education in 1954. In my primary school, we were paying school fees. My mother paid half while my father paid half. I passed secondary school entrance examinations but my father said there was no money for me to attend secondary school. I had to teach in 1954 and 1955. I was one of those employed when Awolowo started free education. While teaching, I was able to save money which I used in paying tuition fees when I got admission into Teacher Training College. My mother also contributed to what I was able to save. The school fees were not expensive like secondary school. My father did not contribute much to it. I left the Teacher Training College in December 1959. I taught in Akure in 1960 and 1962 before coming to Lagos in 1963. I easily got a teaching job because Grade II teachers were not many in town then. I was also doing other courses.

Civil war

I was teaching at a school in Surulere in 1966. At that time, many Igbo people were leaving Lagos for the East. In November 1966, I went for an external examination only to come back and was handed a letter of termination of appointment. The reason was that most of the pupils, who were Igbo, had left. I was very disappointed. The authorities felt that those of us from the Western Region would be the first to have their appointments terminated.

I was a Grade ll teacher with seven years experience. That incident made me to decide not to teach again because I had passed some external examinations and, if I had been employed by the Federal Government, I would have been an Assistant Executive Officer, AEO. In some other places, I would have been a senior clerk. When I received that letter, my wife and I were already dating. I wrote a letter informing her that we couldn’t get married because my appointment had been terminated.

But when she was replying, she encouraged me, stating that losing my job was not the end of life. I was thinking I had written a stinker because I had no hope as a result of joblessness but she encouraged me a lot when she replied my letter. That act brought me back to my senses and I realised that the incident was actually not the end of my life. It was even a prayer answered. I knew I would marry a teacher. I also knew that I will not be a teacher and get married to a teacher at the same time because our salaries were not regular at that time. Teachers were not treated well.

Even in the good old days?

It was the bad old days. Teachers are even better off now. How will my wife and I be teaching in a school and will not be receiving salaries? That was why I prayed to God not to allow my wife and I to be teaching at the same time. Three months later, I got a job in a finance house in Tinubu and my salary was much lower than what I was receiving as a teacher. And that was the time we were planning marriage. In August 1967, I was on a salary of 24 £ while my wife was receiving almost the same amount in Akure as a teacher.

In November, I got another job in the bank with a salary of 34£. When we got married, I was receiving nearly 35£ while she was still receiving her old salary. I actually rose in National Bank to become Manager Grade lll. Five years later, I left when Chief Olu Aboderin left. He was our Chief Accountant at the National Bank and he knew my capacity. In the bank, I was the only person he requested to join him because I was a qualified chartered company secretary at that time. In December 1972 we left the bank and started the Punch in January 1973. In fact, the first Sunday Punch was published on January 18, 1973. I was the Company Secretary.

Were you not bothered that you were leaving a lucrative job for uncertainty?

Everyone I told that I was leaving the bank with Chief Aboderin discouraged me but my wife encouraged me. I didn’t know where she got the confidence that I should go. I didn’t know the parameter she used in making that judgment but I thank God that I did not regret it. I like her so much to the extent that we discuss everything. With her support, I left the bank for the Punch. I did not regret being at the Punch.

Having been at the Punch for 10 years I felt that my responsibilities were much as the company secretary. At a time, I was the Clearing Officer at the wharf, I was the one hiring and was just in charge of many things. In fact, the name Ogundare was becoming synonymous with the paper. There was a time Chief Aboderin went to the US and the Trade Attaché of the Nigeria Embassy told him that the person he knew as the face of   Punch was Mr. Ogundare. I had been dealing with the man in Lagos before he was transferred to the US. Chief Olu Aboderin came back and narrated his experience to me. In my seventh year, I called Chief Aboderin and told him that I was the cynosure of all eyes in the office, adding that anyone would want to take my position. I told him that if I didn’t leave at that time, someone might decide to use juju on me.

He was not happy about that but he told me a month later that he had decided to split my position and make me the General Manager. He also employed a Secretary, Legal Secretary, and Personnel Manager. The work I was doing was now divided among four people. After three years I became the Managing Director of the Printing Press. I was not the Managing Director of the paper because it is different from the press. Having occupied that position for three years, I decided to quit because I will not become the owner of the paper.

As of then, I had won the bid for this house where I reside. Before I moved to the Punch premises where I resided when I worked there, I had a plot of land where I built a small house. When I left the Punch I travelled to the UK to buy printing machines which I installed at the place I built in Egbeda. That was how I started Owonike Printing Press in January 1983. We did that until 2008. I am not a qualified printer and had to employ people. When the power sector crisis started it affected us so much. I didn’t regret leaving the Punch as of the time I left.

Peace of mind is key to longevity because it is believed that a man with a happy home lives a longer life. What advice do you have for people who are struggling with their marriages?

Whatever anyone is doing, he should be honest with himself. I believe that I am the only person who is important to myself. Any other person is secondary. I love my wife because God has joined us together. People should be satisfied with whatever they have. I learned something from an article Uncle Sam Amuka wrote in the Punch on March 18, 1973. After writing the article, people found it very interesting and were praising him but he responded thus:”Let us thank God.” I emulated him by thanking God for whatever He has given to me.

No matter whatever I have, I am always contented and happy. My wife and I encourage ourselves to be happy with whatever we have.   Some people may think that we are wealthy but it is the joy that we have that created such impression. That is what has kept us going for 50 years. I was born on a Good Friday, precisely on March 27, 1938, while she was born on an Easter Monday, precisely March 30, 1938. I used to see her in Akure before we got married but we were not close. She was known as the only woman who passed in her class at the Teacher Training College.

 

My husband is sincere to a fault– Mama Ogundare

Mama Morenike Ogundare reveals why it was possible for her not to experience challenges for once in her 50-year-old marriage.

On education

I was very brilliant during my years in school but, after my primary school, my parents said there was no money to send me to secondary school. At that time, we sat for several examinations before securing admission into secondary school. I had to teach in a primary school because of the inability to send me to secondary school.   I taught at Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Primary School, Ogbese in the defunct Western Region. I spent one year there. I came back to Akure and taught at Queen of Apostles. I was able to save money which enabled me to proceed to Teacher Training College for my Grade III teachers training. During our final examination, I was the only woman that passed the examination. When I left the school, I started teaching again as a graded teacher. After a while, I went back to the Teacher Training College where I spent another two years.   I left the school in 1964. When I returned to Akure, I taught at Saint Joseph. During that period we were writing letters to ourselves. I later attended University of Lagos where I did my postgraduate studies. Because I am very brilliant, anytime the school I worked at was invited to an event, I was always the one who represented the school.

Meeting my husband

There was a member of the House of Representatives in the First Republic, who was our mentor. He loved me so much and loved my husband even though we had not met at that time. There was a day he told me he wanted to travel abroad. He told my father that he wanted me to escort him to Lagos where he would board an airplane to London. My father said there was no need for him to ask, stating that I am his daughter. When we got to Lagos, we stayed at Mr. Ogundare’s (husband) house. We knew ourselves from afar but there was nothing like friendship. When we were coming to Lagos, the man did not tell me anything about him (husband).   The man was his friend and also my friend. We met during that visit to Lagos when the man was traveling to London and the relationship started. That was in August 1966. I went back to Akure and continued communicating with him. When I had one holiday I visited him to discuss the marriage plans with him. We got married in December 1967. I fell in love with him because he is very honest.

What were things you liked about him that made you agree to his proposal?

He says things the way they are. Another one people might find funny is his handwriting. I love his handwriting. He loves me and does not hide anything from me. A man and a woman living together would sometimes have disagreements, we do have ours but it does not last. I like everything about him. When we were courting I saw him as someone who will be responsible. As a young man, I will not say that he did not do some of the things men do, but he never messed up. He never did anything that affected the family negatively. When we were having our children, I was the disciplinarian of the house unlike him who did not like beating children because of some personal reasons.

On 50 years of marriage

The secret of our successful marriage is our truthfulness. Yes, we are of the same age but it made no difference because a woman is supposed to respect her husband. We have not quarrelled for once in our 50 years of marriage. For instance, during one of the marriage counselling lectures I gave, some attendees were surprised that I did not mention any instance when my husband and I quarrelled. They asked why and I told them that we never fought for once. They were surprised and even said I should just mention any one but I said that I didn’t need to lie to convince them that nothing of such existed.

On marriage

The man I escorted to Lagos when he was travelling, the late Mr. Olaiya, was our mentor. My mother also assisted me when I had difficulty raising money to go to school. I had a brother who always advised me especially when I passed several secondary school entrance examinations but had no money to go to school. My husband has always been there for me.

Good moments

My memorable moments were the times I was pregnant. I get special treatment from my husband whenever I was pregnant. He treated me especially like an egg. Couples must work together. They should not hide anything from each other. Anytime they feel bad about anything, they should say it. At this particular moment in the country, couples should support each other because there are men who don’t have jobs. Therefore, it is incumbent on their wives to assist in running the homes. Wives whose husbands have no jobs as a result of the challenges in the country should respect their husbands. Anytime couples disagree, they should agree moments later with an explanation.

Religious activities

I am interested in religious activities. I coach people especially spinsters on the word of God. I am the Deputy of Women Bible Study and Prayer Fellowship. I am a recipient of various awards because of the various activities I engage in.

 

 

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BSN unveils Kalabari, Okrika bibles

By Olayinka Latona

IN continuation of efforts to make the Bible available to all Nigerians in local languages, The Bible Society of Nigeria, BSN recently unveiled and dedicated the Kalabari and Okrika Bibles.

Addressing journalists at the Bible Guest House in Palmgrove, Lagos, General Secretary of BSN, Dr. Dare Ajiboye, revealed that for over 45 years, both Kalabari and Okrika in Rivers State have been waiting to have the Bible in their own mother tongues.

Ajiboye said translation of the two bibles, done by several experts at a cost over N80 mill-ion, brings to 26 the number of complete Bibles in Nigerian languages.

According to him, Kalabari bible translation project start-ed in 1970 but was suspended on a number of occasions due to some challenges until 2003 when the New Testament and Psalms was completed.

On the Okrika Bible called: Kirikeni Baibulu, the General Secretary said: “The Tranlation Project Council was inaugurat-ed in 1971 and with concerted efforts, its New Testament was completed and dedicated in 2005 after 34 years.”

Ajiboye thanked sponsors of the translation, adding that the Society is working in conson-ance with the Federal Govern-ment’s policy to save the nation’s 500 languages. He said when a language is published; its possibility of going into extinction is remote.

…Man jailed for pirating Bible

The Nigerian Copyright Com-mission, NCC, has secured judgment against a book pirate, Anthony Okojie, at a Federal High Court in Lagos.

The trial judge, Justice Kuya, pronounced the accused per-son guilty and sentenced him to two years imprisonment without any option of fine.

Prior to the sentence, the NCC had received a letter of com-plaint from the Bible Society of Nigerian on June 12, 2013 alleg-ing that its products were being pirated by one Anthony Okojie in Sango-Ota, Ogun State.

On June 21, 2013, after thorough investigations, oper-atives of the Commission carr-ied out an anti-piracy raid on the suspect’s shop at Ojolo-wu Shopping Complex along Abeo-kuta Expressway, Sango-Ota, Ogun State.

During the raid, 376 pirated works (Bibles and motivational books) belonging to BSN were confiscated from Mr. Okojie’s shop.

Following the raid and seizure, Mr. Okojie was arrested and arraigned at the Federal High Court, Lagos on a one-count charge on November 26, 2013 and pleaded not guilty to the charge on February 13, 2014.

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He is risen, be prepared to rise

By Funmi Komolafe

Hallelujah!  Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  This is the message for every true Christian on a day like this; Easter Sunday when we remember the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Why do we shout hallelujah?    To many Christians, hallelujah is a shout of victory.   Victory over pains, sufferings, false accusation, betrayal, death, etc.,    just to mention   a few of what our Lord Jesus Christ went through before his crucifixion and resurrection.

As Christians, most of us know that the reason we say we are serving a living God is because he rose from the dead.   We are sure that He is Alive and will remain alive forever.

For a moment let’s imagine what the Lord Jesus went through. Even as the only begotten Son of God who came to us in human flesh.   He was denied by one of his most dependable allies, Peter. One of the twelve, Judas Iscariot and his own people ,  the Jews betrayed him. They told all sorts of lies against him.

Luke 22 vs. 56 – 62, give us the details of how Apostle Peter denied Jesus but for this purpose, we’ll consider only verses  61&62 “ And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter.  And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice”.

See the reaction of Peter in verse 62 “ And Peter went out, and wept bitterly”. Indeed Peter was sorry.

Brethren, human beings have not changed.  Friends, relations, neighbours still betray. Colleagues at work or even in churches still persecute one another.   Those we sometimes call friends are nothing but enemies in disguise.

You may be working very hard and receiving promotion and recommendation at the due time. To some of your colleagues, they do not see why you should be promoted.  Therefore, they could gang up and set a trap that could lead to your downfall.

Most of the time, these unfriendly friends   never engage in any open conflict with you. Remember, those who shouted Hosanna in the highest, when Jesus rode into the temple, were the same people who went before Pilate to say, “crucify, him, crucify him”.

Let’s consider the Biblical record of the trial of our Lord Jesus.  Luke 23 gives us a detail record of the event.  Verses 1&2 “And the whole multitude of them arose, and led him unto Pilate.  And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King”,

In verse 4, Pilate after he got no answer from Jesus said, “I find no fault in this man” yet the people who had been programmed to lead Jesus to death, remained adamant.

In the name of Jesus, every evil plot made against you and your family by anyone or group of people will fail.

The enemies succeeded in leading Jesus to death on the cross of Calvary thinking that they have had their way.   What they didn’t know was that God had sent his only begotten Son to us that we may be saved.

John 3 vs. 16&17 “ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

Verse 17 “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”.

While they thought, they were mocking Jesus, they failed to appreciate the fact that he bore all the pains, died and resurrected for the sake of all men including those who mocked him.

Brethren, on a day like this, I don’t know what constitutes pain or any form of discomfort in your life, be calm as Jesus and very soon, that challenge will be erased from your life.

Are you being mocked because you do not have any child after years of marriage, are you being mocked because you are still unmarried when your younger siblings have settled family life, or because you suffer a particular disability or ailment?

Are you going through financial distress or is your business   taking a turn for the worse? Don’t give up, don’t give attention to mockers, they could distract you from the path to your salvation. Hold on to Jesus and you will surely rise above that challenge.

Had our Lord Jesus Christ looked at his mockers or taken too seriously, the betrayal of his disciples, he wouldn’t have completed the work of salvation for us all.

From the point of arrest to the point of crucifixion, His Blood was shed for us. Therefore, look unto Jesus irrespective of whatever you might be going through.

With the crucifixion and burial of Jesus, his enemies taught, they had sealed his fate.

Are you in a similar situation?   I’ll remind you of a popular statement of Pastor J.T. Kalejaye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, “ what God has finished cannot finish you”. In other words, hold on firmly to him and before the very eyes of your mockers, you will rise and shine.

As usual I’ll share with you the story of a group of young men who are friends.   They went to parties together and generally spent their leisure together. Suddenly, they found that one of them had been regularly absent at the usual point of meeting.  So, they called him, and he told them that he was busy with a law programme in one of the universities.

His decision to move up angered one of his friends, who told him, “ So you want to be better than the rest of us “Let’s see how you will complete the course, his friend boasted.  To him, the statement was a joke but he soon realized it was no joke.  By the time he sat for the next examination, he failed every course.  These were courses he used to pass easily. Then the statement made by one of his friends, meant something to him.

The law student knew he had been spiritually attacked.  So, he ran to his pastor for prayers. To shorten this story, his brain, which had been replaced with that of a cow, bounced back to life and he began to pass his courses.

He eventually graduated and became a lawyer.

Brethren, as we remember the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ today, every thing that has been dead in your life will resurrect in the name of Jesus. That part of your body that has not held a baby for nine months is about to hold multiple babies in the name of Jesus.

The unchangeable changer will change your situation from sorrow to joy in the name of Jesus. Where you are being mocked now, you will soon be celebrated in the name of Jesus.

Fear not, his blood was not shed in vain.   His blood has redeemed us from all challenges. Revelation 12 vs. 11 “ And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…”

Hold on to him, and every challenge in your life, your family will soon become a testimony in the name of Jesus.

Happy Easter!

 

 

 

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Living with Eternity in view (4)

By Pastor William F. Kumuyi

James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

The death decree is an ob-vious phenomenon that cannot be abused by po-sition or prominence in society. It is a roll call divi-nely fixed for everyone. Even the Pope, with all his fame as a leader of a very powerful religious sect that do not accept Jesus as their Saviour, still find time to embrace death.

Kumuyi

Also, you might be an evangelical believer like the great-est of all evangelicals and leader of the Reformation, Martin Luther. He died as well. You might believe in hol-iness like John Wesley, yet he died too. Charles G. Finney was a man who had the great power of God manifesting in his life, but there came a day in his life when death knocked on his life and he opened the door of his life. You may be young right now, but if Christ does not come sooner, you too will one day answer the call of death.

When life seems too important and interesting to you to the extent that you disregard the word of God while the world of entertainment and the pleasure of life becomes your necessary food, how sorting will it be for you on your dying bed?

Luke 12:16-19 “And he spake a parable unto them, say-ing, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth pl-entifully:

And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”

The above scenario describes the everyday decision of the life that is lived without eternity in view. Such a secular lifestyle has prioritized myopic checklist that does not factor God in its’ content. Chronological, it may begin with academic pursuits and career develop-ment, property acquisition, marriage and family life as well as leisure and tourism in far away country. But the question that begs the answer is that after all these, on that fateful day when death will come knocking at the door, what good will fleshly aggrandizement offer?

Luke 12:20-21 “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

After you might have acquired all the riches life can afford, you still would not be able to eat more than what your stomach can allow; you will not be able to sleep on two beds at the same time nor drive two cars at a go. You may live as though there is no God or eternity and that this earthly life is all there is; for-getting that you were created by a Great God who wa-tches over the affairs of men. But very soon your day will come.

In the eyes of God, the ambitious pleasure hunter, was a fool for ignoring God’s Divinity. Are we not all fools for being too self centered in our ambitions, without giving God a chance? Are we not all fools for thinking only about our education and not about heaven? Are we not fools for thinking only about entertainment and enjoyment and not thinking about were we shall spend eternity? Are we not fools for relegating Christ and eternal life at the background while thinking how best to satisfy our lustful desires? Are we not fools for acquiring properties in a place where thieves can easily break in while we reject eternal mansions forever fortified against all forms of corruption?

The decree of death pronounced by God, which must happen to all humans, is the perfect dress rehearsal for the awaiting judgment.

John 5:28-29 “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

Jesus says that we should not be surprised because of the mystery of unbelievability God has planned for all ages. Although it is still in the near future; it is a cer-tainty that will happen and as a matter of fact, it calls for urgent preparation.

This momentous event can be akin to students who are given a few years to get prepared for their final examination; but assume that the time is so far away that there is no need for early preparedness and as a result perform abysmally when the occasion presents itself.

The preparation and examination begins here and now on earth, but the scorecard will be read out in the next life after death. That is the more reason you should understand that death on earth does not terminate your existence. You will continue to live even after we might have died. How does that happen? It takes God to make the impossible happen, because ‘with God nothing shall be impossible.’

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