Religious fanatics all over the world despise worldly circular music. Judgmental people. People who are quick to judge that a song is worldly or unholy simply because the lyrics of such songs describes the way a man woes a woman. Or because the artist or group of musicians are atheists, badly or roughly dressed. What defines good music? Good music isn’t unholy even if it doesn’t contain the name “Jesus” in its lyric. Good music is one whose lyrics or instrumental doesn’t influence one into committing evil. It’s common knowledge that music can be very influential.
In the Holy Bible, two books were dedicated to music, Songs of Solomon and Psalms. The Book of Psalms contains hymns of praise, thanksgiving, worship, faith, security, divine intervention and lots more. Songs of Solomon on the other hand, is a book that contains love songs written by King Solomon, the only King who had the most wives and concubines. The explicit lyrics used in most verses in the Songs of Solomon describe the expression of love.
Religion has blinded many people. They interpret things carnal into spiritual things wrongly. It’s never been a crime to listen to good music. I express this thought based on the opinion that when Jesus attended the wedding at Canaan where he performed his first miracle of changing water into wine, music was played here. Though the bible doesn’t specify the genre of music played during the wedding or whether music was played at all but its common sense to know that every celebration is a gateway for music and dancing.
I personally listen to songs that aren’t listed under the gospel genre. What I simply do is to screen the lyrics of the song to check for profanity, immorality, negative message, blasphemy or slander. If it doesn’t contain such objects then it’s good for my ears depending on my mood. I also check the instrumental. Different beats influence different moods. Some songs can put you to sleep; others are good for exercising while many more can help you concentrate. Remember that most secular music contains clever rhyme-schemes, varied use of refrain-lines or words, and different metric patterns so watch out. If you can’t screen it, leave it. Seeing The “Explicit Content” logo tagged to a song alone is enough to tell to back off as the lyrics of such songs will most likely pollute your mind.
In summary, good music is good music, gospel or not. It’s what it makes you do or influences you to do that matter can this can be checked and controlled. Don’t act too holy in your ways and lose the essence.
Movie Recommendation: Kal ho naa ho
I don’t know how or why I forgot to post this on St. Valentine’s day. But if you are still in that love mood and also love reading movie subtitles, I’d recommend that you watch this perfect love movie “Kal ho naa ho“
It’s a Bollywood movie – Indian- shot in New York. It’s also a classic. I’m not going to review or spill the storyline or plot of the movie so just rent or buy it, watch it and tell me what you think.
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Sometimes, it’s hard to truly understand what love means. I woke up this morning and spent 1 hour 54 minutes watching a movie The Passion of the Christ (Full Screen Edition) I watched how one innocent man was arrested, scourged, mocked, spat on, bruised, hung and killed on a cross. How severe his wounds were, the price he paid just because His Father, Your Father and mine loves us much. His love for became more painful when nails were driven through his wrists and feet. What greater love can be compared to that which The Father and The Son showed us as He gave His only begotten son so that whosoever believes in Him shall no perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Unconditional love you may call it. Where the condition in unCONDITIONal is that we love and believe in Him as much as He loves us. Look inward and ask yourself “How many of my friends can die for me?” yet Jesus did. Not simply by a gun, a sword or even a fatal accident but through a very painful and extruciating death sentence. A remarkable sacrifice that cleanses us all from sin.
Are you still thinking that because noone has sent you an email or text message saying “Happy St.Valentine’s Day” hence you aren’t loved? Scratch that thought because against all odds, Jesus Loves You.
Happy St. Valentine Day!
St. Valentine’s Day is a day marked out for lovers. The event involves the exchange of gifts between lovers, a show of kind and romantic gestures, candle lit dinner and the event mostly ends up with sex among couples. Red is usually the colour of the day and that’s how the world describes it.
In my own opinion, “Every day is Lover’s Day”. The greatest commandment lies in the Bible reading Matthew 22:36-40
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” So we are meant to Love God above all things followed by our neighbors. Our neighbors being every individual we meet in our lives daily.
February 14, St. Valentine’s Day on the other hand, is a special day set out to openly express your love to one special person in your life. Every day for everyone, one special day for that special someone. Most often, people take St. Valentine’s day to be a purely romantic event. The event of St. Valentine’s day however is not restricted to a particular age bracket. Kids can have their parents as their Valentine or a special friend or teacher at school. It’s just an event for an open expression of love. Love here isn’t defined as lust but a pure special feeling for someone.
The Book of 1st John teaches a lot about love . 1st John 4:7-21 (NIV) talks about God’s Love and Ours…
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God,God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Last year, I celebrated St. Valentine’s day in church with my friends and it was fun as a get together party was organized for the brethren. In my heart, I took Jesus to be my Valentine. I gave Him my heart and he gave me His love. It’s as simple as that. You can use St. Valentine’s day as a day to reevaluate and re-validate your love for Jesus Christ.
For couples, it’s usually noticed that a husband’s Valentine is his wife and vice versa. While taking a shower this morning, I had a single yet complex thought. What if a man’s Valentine is someone else; won’t there be a conflict on the morning of the 15th? If yes, why is it so? Couples who are always together, sleep on the same bed for 365 days every year. If these couples express their love to each other every day then there shouldn’t be a problem if a wife decides that her younger brother will be her Valentine or a husband takes his widowed mother as his Valentine. Love is Pure and shouldn’t result to envy or jealousy.
If you have no special person in your life to celebrate the day with, do good to visit the motherless babies’ home, prisons or hospital. You will find lots of people there who yearn for the tiniest bit of love. Spread the Love, Spread the Faith.
I will stop here with these questions, feel free to answer them openly or in your hearts.
- What does St. Valentine’s day mean to you?
- What special things do you do on St. Valentine’s day?
- Who will be your Valentine cupid this year?
- Are you still thinking about the perfect gift to buy?
Don’t be intimidated by what your mates or peers are doing. Either because you feel you ought to be doing it or that you are being pressured to do it by your folks or the community.
1. So They Are Hanging Out, Kissing, Cuddling And Having Sex.
Why rush to do the same when after your marriage ceremony you’ll have the rest of your life to hang out, kiss, cuddle, hug and have sex with your spouse. Mark Gringor said during his “Laugh Your Way Into Marriage” seminar in 2005 that it’s an error to get involve in sex or be promiscuous before marriage because we imprint during first time experiences hence we go into relationships with great sexual expectations. Secondly, couples who have sex before marriage do not perform as good as couples who got married as virgins.
2. So They Are Getting Married.
It’s their time. Don’t feel pressured into getting married immediately too. After all, the Bible says it’s better if possible for a man to stay unmarried. Notwithstanding, at the right time and season, when you are ready, you will know. Don’t rush in too quickly, feel bored and attempt to rush out like most Hollywood celebrities.
3. So They Just Got Married And A Baby Is Already On The Way.
Funny enough the blessing of a fruitful marriage is having children. Four months after marriage, a couple produces a live baby that isn’t premature. Cause: Premarital sex. So what instigated the marriage was the pregnancy in the first place. Anyway, remember that not every fresh marriage needs a child spontaneously. If you fail to plan before bringing a child into the world, you’ll have problems raising that child.
If you are still expecting a baby in your own marriage, don’t give up. Your time will come and know that it’s never too late. Abraham, God’s faithful servant and friend had Isaac, his son when he was 99 years old.
I know the times are different now but God still remains faithful.
4. So He Just Got Promoted.
Don’t allow your thoughts to lead you to sin. The sin of envy is very common when it comes in tune with comparison. What did you want before, not your friend not to progress? Just keep doing your best at work and some day you will also get a promotion and salary raise.
5. So He Just Bought A New Car.
His work probably needs it. He probably got on loan. If you need a car in your life or business, work hard. Hard work, determination and diligence pay off on the long run. In some aspects of life, owning a car is insignificant. It will only drain your pocket when expenses arise from repairs and maintenance. One simple policy that I follow is that if an asset can’t generate funds for its maintenance it’s just a liability.
6. So They Just Moved Into A New House.
Do you know that not every rich man on earth lives in his own house? Some jobs require that you move up and down the globe. Some people hardly settle in a location for more than six months. Buying a house in all the locations you visit is pointless. Again, it you need a house, work hard and save enough money to buy a plot of land first. As time goes on you’ll have enough money to start the foundation before building the house to your specification.
There is time for everything, a time to sow and a time to reap.
Many pastors, priests and ministers have resigned from their jobs and concentrated on preaching only the Word of God with full dependence on God and the seeds sown by their members. I was in church today and I was inspired by this thought “Jesus Worked, Jesus Walked”. I want to share my thoughts about the ministers of the Church today and the ministry of Jesus Christ, our mentor, teacher and leader. The Bible, as you know didn’t record the activities of Jesus Christ from age 13 to age 30. The account seized after He was reported missing by his parents and found in the temple and continued when He went to be baptized and fasted.
Based on the knowledge I have of the Holy Scriptures, I’d say Jesus was busy working in Joseph’s carpentry workshop, perfected his skills and started a trade of his own. The son of a carpenter, he was called. While doing the upholstery business, he must have had clients who were Pharisees, Sadducees, Jews and Gentiles. While watching the movie “King of Kings (1961)“, a particular scene showed where Mary asked her son Jesus when he will finish working on the chair she requested. Portions of the gospel also showed us that Jesus paid his taxes. Jesus being our teacher was known to provide food for his followers and the congregation, he even went as far as washing the feet of his disciples. Jesus in all his majesty also visited sinners and dined with them thereby converting them. The spirit is pride is never found in Christ rather he diligent, faithful, caring and hardworking.
Isn’t He “Jesus” the same wise teacher who sent his disciples out to preach and instructed them not to receive any gifts under their belts?
Why then do pastors and ministry leaders of our time fully depend on the tithes and offerings of their followers? The offerings and tithes collected by a church are supposed to provide for the church and its members alongside new believers who need food and shelter. I’m not in any way saying that a pastor shouldn’t take care of himself from the offerings collected but the point I am trying to make is that pastor or church leaders should learn to work actively and earn a living instead of at least partly depending on the God given talents.
Pastors who were professionally trained as architects, engineers, doctors, surgeons, etc tend to give up their trade on go into full gospel ministry before they clock age 45. I am by no means saying it is entirely wrong because it all depends on the strength of one’s ministry. Practically speaking, there comes a time when a pastor gets appointed as a General Overseer, Bishop or even a Reverend and the job becomes very tasking. It will be very understanding to partially or fully quit one’s first profession in order to fully handle ministerial duties. But when one’s just starting out as a pastor “a very young pastor” if I may add, I personally deem it wrong for him to quit his first profession or current job and fully rely on the tithes and offerings of his very few followers. I am going to support my position on the matter with the following reasons.
- It shows laxity on a pastor’s part. How can he teach his members to work very hard at 25 if he quit his job “if he had any” all in the name of starting up a ministry. Apostle Paul was a Roman lawyer whose job was to persecute Christians before he got saved yet he used his experience at court to carry out his ministerial duties. During that time, Apostle Paul was hardworking as he worked tirelessly to persecute as many Christians as possible.
- The pastor will most definitely lack natural experience. It’s easier to relate with people when you have passed through an actual life experience regarding the subject topic. How can an unmarried pastor advice a married couple on marital issues when he isn’t married. Oh yes, God can give him the wisdom to settle marital matters but come on “How many men of God actually hear God’s voice these days?” when many preachers have turned their church into a business place.
- The pastor will struggle financially and often mismanage funds because he has no little or no experience of how hard it is to make money. Since he gets his money from church offerings and solely relies on it, he will hardly ever know what the common man or church member goes through to make money. How can he then preach our financial breakthrough when he doesn’t even understand the meaning of the “Parable of the Talents”.
- The pastor’s sermons may be biased and corrupted. Since he solely relies on the gifts of church members, he is likely to only preach what is appealing to his members so as to keep them entertained and comfortable thereby covering the truth.
There are so many other reasons why it is important for pastors to work or have a job before they venture into or during their ministry but for the sake of length I’ll stop here with this last words. I know that being a Pastor is also a very tasking job but I hope to see what I mean through my eyes. After all, the disciples of Jesus all had a job before Jesus called them and that’s when they started their work.
We are still in the month of February, a month I tagged “Month Of Sowing”. The term “sowing” here simply means personal development. While trading in the forex market today, I took a short break and went on to view my favorite video site – www.youtube.com– that’s when I stumbled on this cool video titled “9 Tips for Starting a Business (Learn Faster)”.
Here Is a list of recommended books to read from the video.
- The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness
- The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
- The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness
- The Secret to Success
- Managing OneSelf (Free PDF)
The first four books spoken of in the video are available on Amazon and also link to my Amazon affiliate, so I get a little commision per sale but they are all worth reading.
I decided to share the video here for you all to view. Very Informative… ENJOY
Video TimeStamp of the 9 tips for starting a business.
00:10 1. A niche that’s obvious to you isn’t obvious to everyone
01:57 2. Build upon a strength
03:00 3. Stop making excuses
05:10 4. Work for someone else first
07:54 5. Read more
09:20 6. Assume everyone is dumb
13:00 7. Every dime you spend should have an ROI
15:30 8. Get your 1st sale ASAP
17:14 9. You will be humiliated by failure
It almost seems as if I have left my blog for a year though it’s barely six days. During which, I have carried out so many activities which include working out a feasibility study of a newly proposed business, setting up a business bank account, spotting a good location with moderate traffic and so on. Besides that I carried out some free counselling sessions on leadership, relationship, business and holiness during which I was advised to start holding seminars. As if that is not enough, I started a new study on “Sin” which has added up to my list of books to write on this year.
I personally tagged the month of February as ‘My Month Of Sowing‘. January was my month of ploughing.
What about you?
What have you been up to?
What’s your personal theme for the month?