New post on “I ate my Donut” blog

Hello,

In sharing this article from the blog of my new book, Donut. You can visit the blog here

Since the book, Donut, was released last week, I have received encouraging comments from people who have read it during the previous edits. The hard copy came out pretty fine.

Its matte laminated cover with spot and raise has flaps on either side. the clear colour illustrations came out well on the glossy paper and the prints were fine. those who have handled it say it’s “quality.” I thank God for that, and I know that the best is yet to come. Thank you all!

As I said earlier, EatyourDonut will feature details of the launch and distribution of the book to young people that are already anticipating it. It’s an online community for the young people who will “Eat their Donut” and step into fullness. It will feature forum-starter discussion topics, comments, feedback from readers, news about the distribution tours/campaigns, testimonies and upcoming plans/follow-up strategies.

So, first, the book will be formally launched on Sunday, 21st December 2014 at the Alexander Brown Hall of the prestigious University College Hospital, Ibadan. It will be a closed-event where stakeholders of the project will appreciate God for the publishing of the book and commission the project for the “field”.

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Updates and pictures of the event will be put up as soon as they are ready. Kindly pray along.

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

 

Where did it begin?

Hello,

Since about 400 AD, Christians have celebrated the birth of Jesus. ‘Christ’ means ‘Messiah’ or ‘Anointed One’ – the title given to Jesus – and ‘Mass’ was a religious festival.

But the real Christmas story is found in the Bible. It is told in two different books: Matthew and Luke chapters 1 and 2. If you have no Bible, you can read these chapters online. You may think that the story of the birth of Jesus, and the way that the West celebrates Christmas today, do not seem to have many connections.

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The old man with the sack ‘Father Christmas’ (or ‘Santa Claus’) has become the human face of Christmas. Pictures will be seen everywhere of the old man with long white beard, red coat, and bag of toys. Children are taught that he brings them presents the night before Christmas (or in some countries on December 6th – St. Nicholas’ Day), and many children up to the age of 7 or 8 really believe this is true. In most countries, it is said that he lives near the North Pole, and arrives through the sky on a sledge (snow-cart) pulled by reindeer. He comes into houses down the chimney at midnight and places presents for the children in socks or bags by their beds or in front of the family Christmas tree.

In shops or at children’s parties, someone will dress up as Father Christmas and give small presents to children, or ask them what gifts they want for Christmas. Christmas can be a time of magic and excitement for children.

Who was he?

Father Christmas is based on a real person, St. Nicholas, which explains his other name ‘Santa Claus’ which comes from the Dutch ‘Sinterklaas’. Nicholas was a Christian leader from Myra (in modern-day Turkey) in the 4th century AD. He was very shy, and wanted to give money to poor people without them knowing about it. It is said that one day, he climbed the roof of a house and dropped a purse of money down the chimney. It landed in the stocking which a girl had put to dry by the fire! This may explain the belief that Father Christmas comes down the chimney and places gifts in children’s stockings.

But Christmas dates far before Nicholas lived. Way back.

According to the history, St. Nicholas was a good man. If a great tradition can be formed behind one good man, how much more can we glean if we look deeply into the life of the person behind this beautiful season –

Jesus.

Before Jesus, actually. A young virgin who said “yes.”

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The Lady who said “yes.”

I re-imagined this from the Biblical account:

The house was spick and span – Dad would be happy. She sat at on a stool and stretched her legs, satisfied with the work she had done in the house. She didn’t clean because she was coerced into doing that. In fact, she loved it when things are prim and proper.

More so, she always wanted her parents to smile. It took only few muscles to smile and some chemicals that strengthen the body are released when you smile. She wanted her parents to live strengthened and happy, so she did her chores well.

As she turned out towards the door, the dark room lit up. She thought electricity had been restored so she flicked off the switch. No. The brightness persisted and then she heard a masculine voice.

“Mary.”

Mary was a virgin when God said she would conceive a child. That was clearly impossible by human reasoning.

But Mary says “yes”

This was no ordinary birth! She was not married, she was a virgin, (yes, really!) and an angel had told her she would bear a special baby. Her husband-to-be, Joseph, did not believe her at first. Who would?

Then an angel told him in a dream that it was true! Probably no one else believed it. So when they had to travel from their home in Nazareth to Bethlehem (near Jerusalem), to register their names with the ruling Roman government, they probably escaped many hard words from other people. And they endured a stressful journey.

We learn that Jesus was born because someone said yes to God.

Quick considerations for you

I want you to top that difficult chemistry class. I want you to be a missionary. I want you to forgive Sade. What is God telling you to do? How do we respond when God asks us to do something impossible like this?

Let’s learn from Mary today.

Often times, when we are overwhelmed with great responsibility in our Christian life and service, we are tempted to ask, like Mary did: How will these things be?

We feel inadequate when we compare responsibility in the light of our little abilities. But as I read through Mary’s story, I discovered that God didn’t intend to laden us with responsibility without first empowering us with the ability to do it. He doesn’t say what He doesn’t mean.

He meant for Mary to bear the Christ. He means for you to take up that great responsibility. He means for you to make better choices in your life and live sanctified.

The angel told Mary: the power of God will come upon you. That is what makes the difference. God always gives you the ability to accomplish all he asks you to do. Also, God will show you an example of someone who has passed through that situation and was empowered like was Elizabeth an example to Mary.

‘for with God, nothing will be impossible.’

In essence, it isn’t really us doing anything, it’s actually God at work in us – all He wants from us is to submit so that He can express his divinity through us. It’s not your life anyway!

Mary submitted to God, and so the world had her Saviour. You may never really know how many people will be blessed or what remarkable result is tied to your obedience.

What is God telling you to do? See, He has made available to power to do it. Let your response be, “Let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:26-38

Why not say this prayer:

Lord, for the work you have given me, I have learnt that you will give me the ability. Open my eyes to see what you have provided and the joy of obedience and help me to contact the power and grace to do it well.

Mary says “yes”

Next on this series is something you probably would not have thought of before. Coming soon.

 

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

Christmas: an introduction

It was a night before Christmas.

Clara stood in the rain. She watched as the old woman made her way to the limo, a helper hoisting an umbrella over her as she cuddled two brown shopping bags.

Lights were up in many buildings. Shoppers rang bells for Christmas sales. Adults and children jostled and shoved around her as the busy street bustle with activity.

“Move!” The honk of the horn ricked her back to the present. She skipped away from the middle of the road as the driver spewed curses at her as he zoomed off.

Clara knew what awaited her at the house. And she was not disappointed. She had hoped that Christmas would be different. That maybe mama would love her more.. or at least pay attention to her for once. Maybe take her out to buy a new dress. But in the last few days leading up to Christmas eve, mama seemed to run on a bad temper.

She unlocked the front door and flipped the switch. The lights were out.

Using the light from her phone, she made her way to the centre table. Mama left a note on the table.

Dinner in warmer. Out on night shift. Mama.

She sighed as she crumpled the brown paper and tossed into a nearby trash can.

As always, she would be alone and there would be  no special times or gifts this year. Without family and friends, the house would be boring.

No love, no hope. And it was Christmas.

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As Theresa stepped into the Limo, she looked through the window at the little girl that seemed to lock gazes with her. She looked so innocent, so free. She must be happy this Christmas.

If Sarah were alive, she would have been just a bit older. Well, if she had lived, she would have named her Sarah.

But she had spent her hey days living in the spotlights of Nollywood. If only she knew that she had one chance at conception. She would not have sacrificed Sarah to the Women’s clinic when she felt she was too happy to have a child.

Matthew’s pleas had fallen on deaf ears. Now, he was gone. No offspring. No love.

Christmas was bland now. If only her life could revert to the Christmas before she signed up for acting school. She would make better decisions.

If only.

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Ismail pulled into the driveway, thoughts far from the present. Last Christmas was a swell time at the club. Her boss had promised to pay – this night would be fun too.

As soon as removed the key from the ignition, Farida came to mind. And the accident last year… He pictured the disappointment in his wife’s face when he walked into the hospital lobby that night, alcohol and vomitus staining his shit after the call, and couldn’t produce money for the hospital bills.

“Nothing would happen.” He consoled himself. It was Christmas anyway.

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Christmas: what it is today.

In many countries of the world, the celebration of Christmas on December 25th is a high point of the year.

From November onwards, it is impossible to forget that Christmas is coming. Coloured lights decorate many town centres and shops, along with shiny decorations, and artificial snow painted on shop windows. In streets and shops, ‘Christmas trees’ (real or plastic evergreen ‘conifer’ trees) will also be decorated with lights and Christmas ornaments.

Shopping centres become busier as December approaches and often stay open till late. Shopping centre speaker systems will play Christmas ‘carols’ – the traditional Christmas Christian songs, and groups of people will often sing carols on the streets to raise money for charity. Most places of work will hold a short Christmas party about a week before Christmas. Although traditional Christmas foods may be eaten, drink (and plenty of it) means that little work will be done after the party!

By mid-December, most homes will also be decorated with Christmas trees, coloured lights and paper or plastic decorations around the rooms.

In many countries, most people give Christmas greeting cards to their friends and family, and these cards will be hung on the walls of their homes.

Today, not many people consider the religious meaning to Christmas. Most people will not go to a church meeting, even at Christmas. It has become a busy race to spend money on presents, and get ready for the Day. Shops stay open till late Christmas Eve and often open again on Boxing Day with the cut-price ‘sales’ (not much holiday for the poor shop workers!) A visitor from another world would think that Christmas was a festival to the gods of money and shopping.

The real meaning of Christmas is often forgotten. It has become a non-religious holiday! More children believe in Father Christmas than in Jesus. Christmas Day is a time for eating and drinking too much and watching television.

Many people are trying to take out the main reason why the holiday Christmas is celebrated. It’s like a party that the celebrant is left out.

Would you like that done to you?

A party is no party if the celebrant is left out of it.

But truth is…

Many people do hope for more than presents at Christmas. We want to somehow return to a time in our childhood (or some other good time in the past), when life was simpler and made more sense, before the troubles of adult life arrived. We feel sure that behind all the fun and decorations, there must somehow be a message, something more, some key to life, hope and happiness.

So can we look beyond the way Christmas is celebrated today, and find any real meaning, any message for our lives today?

The significant events that have shaped history and changed people have become mere traditions today. Well, looking closely at them, we can learn much from them. They could actually trace us back to the real meaning of Christmas.

Maybe we should look back at Christ’s birth and see what we can learn.

This is the purpose of the “Season of Hope” Christmas Blog series I will be hosting in the next few weeks of Christmas till the end of the year. Please follow this blog so that you will get fresh updates in your inbox. Make comments and glean one or two significant lessons for your life.

Till I post the new article,

CIAO,

Toluwanimi

 

P.S.: Donut is ready. Learn more here

The statute of Liberty

Hello,

In Nigeria, October 1st is independence day – fifty four year ago, we got our freedom from the colonial masters. I got to read the Biblical story of the Israelites as they got their freedom from Egypt and I thought about the implications of Liberty for our daily life.

I learnt a few things I want to share with you.

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The Pursuit

The Egyptians struggled through the night, barely making progress in spite of the strong horses they rode. The thick blanket of dark clouds that hovered above reduced their visibility and speed. It seemed the God of their enemies was very angry with them and had placed the clouds there.

When it was morning, they could see their enemies ahead, walking into the midst of what used to be the sea. But the sea had made a wall of water on each side of the Israelites; so they walked through on dry land.

“This is our chance! We can beat them to the chase and overtake them! Move!” The commander barked the orders and they charged.

But as they got into the dry ground, their chariot wheels got stuck in the sand and it was hard for them to move. They panicked when they looked ahead and saw that the Israelites had got to shore and their leader, Moses, was now stretching his rods towards them.

“What the hell –” The commander ran at a loss of words, but the people he led knew what to do by survival instinct. They said to one another, “Let’s leave these people alone! The LORD is on their side and is fighting against us.”

But it was too late.

The water came rushing and covered the chariots, the cavalry, and the whole Egyptian army that had followed the Israelites into the sea.

Not one of them was left alive.

 

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Well… that’s my rendering of what happened the day after the Israelites received their freedom from Egypt. You can find this story in the book of Exodus in the Bible.

So, the Israelites were free – LIBERTY!

You would have thought that the Israelites would completely rely on their God through their life-journey, right? He was mighty to save them. He had performed signs and wonders when they were in Egypt. He had done it again, destroying a nation’s full army in the process.

Well… it was not so. The night before was a different story.

Their God had given the command, “Let my people go that they might serve me.” After ten plagues and the death of all the first-borns in Egypt, Pharaoh listened to them. The Israelites left Egypt. But Pharaoh rethought his decision and decided to pursue and recapture them – more like Great Britain coming back to recolonize Nigeria after independence. So He summoned his hosts and pursued hard.

When the Israelites turned back at the sound of stampeding horses and saw Pharaoh chasing them, they lost their minds.

“Moses! We told you to leave us alone that we might serve the Egyptians. There are graves in Egypt, we need not come to die in the wilderness!”

In this challenge posed to them, they saw only two options: Surrender to the enemy or die.

I can almost hear you say, “What were they thinking?”

If you have read the Israelite story before, you probably are wondering how quickly they forgot the signs and wonders performed by Moses before their very eyes. You ask why they did not choose to trust the same God who spoke to them through Moses and led them with a pillar of cloud and fire. Will He grow so powerless all of a sudden?

This God gave them a panoramic view of the promise land – flowing with milk and honey – and they had directions on what to do when they got there. They had proof that they served a greater-than-life God.

Yet, they saw two options: SURRENDER. OR. DIE.

FEAR.

They were afraid.

The same kind of fear that attacks our hearts when we face challenges in life; the fear that beclouds our judgement and forces us to respond the same way – surrender to the enemy or die.

We see the frying pan and the fire, and we are quick to return to the frying pan.

 

“With all my heart I praise the LORD! I will never forget how kind he has been.”

Psalms 103:2 [CEV]

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Spiritual amnesia robs our minds of the strength and courage that comes when we remember God’s word and how He has helped us surmount past challenges. We refuse to learn to trust Him for the bigger things.

You have seen God heal you in the past. Can He not do it now? He has provided for your parents in the past. Is he not able to pay your fees this session? He has given you directions before. Now, the stakes are higher… I know. But, is He limited by the urgency or the magnitude of what’s at stake in this decision?

When we face a seemingly greater challenge, we quickly lose our composure.

But God said to them:

Fear Not.

Stand firm.

See My salvation.

Hold your peace.

I will fight for you.

Do not cry.

Go forward.

Moses listened and believed. Then he led the people across the sea to true liberty. And we are able to read the beautiful victory of the next day. When you do the same, friends will hear your testimony tomorrow and be encouraged.

“Let my people go, that they may serve me.”

 

BACK TO 21st CENTURY

As we reflect on freedom this day, this is the statute of liberty: TRUST.

God is serious about liberty. He did not start you on a journey He is not willing to take you through. Jesus fought the battle and won for you freedom. And, if you have given your life to Jesus, you have become a part of the family of God! He has set you free from the oppression of the “Egyptians.”

You have freedom to live, freedom to serve.

He has called you to an adventure called an “Heir-Walk,” a journey of faith where you learn, grow and shine [John 15:1-11]! The Father by His spirit walks alongside you – in fact hand-in-hand – to help you surmount whatever challenge you face as you live according to His will.

 

“The person who is right with me will live by trusting in me. But if he turns back with fear, I will not be pleased with him.”

Hebrews 10:38 [NCV]

But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust; if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy. But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way. [The Message rendition of Hebrews 10 verse 38 and 39]

He needs your permission – your Trust – the statute. When challenges come, trust Him and hold your peace – He will fight for you!

 

Reference: Study the fourteenth chapter of the book of the Exodus

Cheers and Happy new month,

Toluwanimi

 

P.S.: learn more about “Donut” on http://www.eatyourdonut.wordpress.com

A tale of Love: Part two

Yes… here is it!

A tale of love: part two.

 

Jonathan loved David [20:17]

I was in a meeting sometime when someone defined love as a funny feeling you have towards someone that causes butterflies in your stomach. I could not laugh because it was not funny. Sadly, many people have that mind-set and they are disappointed when they discover that love has as much sacrifice in its make up as to repel a random soul.

Loving the lady behind the scarred face isn’t funny. Choosing to walk the rest of your life with someone who was a total stranger just six or so months ago is not hilarious! It is outrageous except to the one who loves.

Love is pouring out yourself: it means getting your hands in dirt so that another can be blessed. God gave his most precious to us. Jonathan risked His life for David. Then we just lazily talk about love behind neatly decorated dinner tables. That’s a fantasy!

Love does not shout. It speaks into the heart. Jonathan loved David as his own soul and this caused him to continuously renew his covenant of commitment to him. Love is action – non-sense action.

Do you love your spouse? Do you love your friends? Do you love your God?

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All or Some

Love gives. This reminds me of the poor widow in the Bible.

Jesus sat few feet away from the offering box and watched the rich guys gave large sums and a poor widow gave two coins. But when he commented, he praised the poor widow not because of what she gave, but the principle behind giving.

Many of us are like the rich guy. We only give a bit of my strength, a bit of my resources, a fraction of my time, but what God want is all of my strength, all of my resources, all of my time!

Not to throw in a pocket of prayer here and there during the day, but to maintain a consciousness of the presence of the Holy Spirit always with us and to live in steady conversation with Him.

Not to supply some effort on God’s work but to give it all it takes until it is achieved; not to donate stipends to the course of the kingdom but to give all.

We received all, so we give all and it is when we give all that we continue to receive all.

That is love!

 

Jonathan initiated [20:18-23]

Love produces initiative. It birth creativity of a selfless kind. Jonathan loved David that he hated to see him killed by Saul. So he brought on a bright idea. That I call “solution-birthing compassion.” Ideas come from different places, but the creative genius that will impart the world for good without side effects has to be started on a platform of compassion.

 

Jonathan was not ashamed of David [20:30,34]

It is clear that Saul felt distaste in his tongue anytime David is mentioned. It is also clear that Jonathan was not ashamed to be associated with David. Saul said “you chose David to your own shame.” He reminded him that princes never mixed with shepherd boys.

The closest thing to this is what happens when a mother is not ashamed of her child with cerebral palsy. Even mothers bulk under the weight at times. Not Jonathan.

He stayed with David to the end.

Do you wish your loved ones were more presentable to society? Wish Daddy could do away with that jalopy? Wish mum had gone to college?

Well, I do not know what you need to do to make you unashamed of the “unpresentable” details of your friends’ lives. But I do know that where love truly is, there is no shame…

 

To be continued tomorrow…

 

Happy Weekend,

Toluwanimi

A tale of Love: Day One

Hello,

It’s been two weeks since I posted on this blog.

Between school, working on “Donut,” a number of other projects and I have not been disciplined enough to carve out time to blog. Discipline, I say, because that’s what it takes to sit at my laptop and [as Ernest Hemingway put it] bleed. Well, technically, writing sincerely from the heart is bleeding. joshua

Anyway, such things happen… but the most important thing is that I’m here now. Here with “a tale of love.”

It all started on November 2. I woke up with those words clearly emblazoned on my heart:

“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you your heart desires.”

I was ecstatic! I wanted my heart desires granted. I want a peaceful and adventurous life – a life of purpose – I want to write, work to build the lives of young people, use creativity to transform lives. I want to experience the power of God and to know where my medical training is going to fit into my life’s work… I also desire to live happily, loved and guided by God in marriage and life path.

So I figured, if I wanted my desires to be granted, I would need to delight. 

Now, what does it mean to “delight?”

It wasn’t long before I discovered that those words were found in the Bible, so I decided to study.

The commentaries “said” to delight in God is to seek our happiness in God – in his being, his perfections, his friendship, his love:

It means to keep company with God, enjoy serving the Lord and find happiness in the Lord. The fact that you seek your happiness in him will regulate your desires, so that you will be “disposed” to ask only those things that it will be proper for him to grant; and the fact that you do find your happiness in him will be a reason why he will grant your desires.

However, the meaning of “Delight” did not sink until recently, when I was studying the friendship between David and Jonathan. I saw that “Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted greatly in David.”

My eyes widened – if the word “delight” was used here, then what they did together might give me an idea of what delight means.

So I dug deep. And I want to share the treasures with you. As you read, please do endeavour to learn a thing or two.

Let’s shoot!

 

Jonathan was with David at every available opportunity [vs 19:2]

I have had my share of beautiful friendships and not so great ones. So, this is not an article by a guru in relationships – just a young man sharing with others what he learns from God about life.

The first thing I learnt about David and Jonathan’s friendship was that Jonathan was with David at every available opportunity.

A common observation in all great friendships is that they are together at every available opportunity, face to face, or on phone or social media outlets. Distance is not really a barrier – they can travel miles just to visit a friend.

The key to building stronger relationships is presence – being together, physically and in heart and purpose. And…

 

Jonathan communicated everything to David [19:2]

What do you do when you are together?

Conversation fuels relationships.

How regularly do you speak with your best friend? How much information do you pass across? Do you really delight so much in them that you are unafraid to share secrets and information you have that could help them?

As each person opens up, it may seem awkward at first, but soon, the gap is bridged. You learn about the person’s passions, desires, challenges and offer help.

Apply this to your communion with God – consistent communication encourages deeper relationship. As you pour your heart to Him, you hear His voice, share His thoughts and you can learn to live His way of joy! Simple!

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When they were not together, Jonathan stood up for David [He defended David] [19:4]

When Saul sent emissaries to kill David, Jonathen spoke well of David to Saul so much that it convinced Saul to stop his hideous plan for a season. Do not be ashamed to defend your siblings or friends in the face of criticism. It keeps them going when they know that you believe in them so well that you are willing to stick your neck out for them.

I picked that, a sign of delighting in God is to stand for him. Defend his cause in front of people who do not really know about him.

 

Jonathan was committed to David [20:3, 16]

When couples make vows to each other, they both say it with a mind determined to stick with each other for life [at least, that is what should be!] The marriage vows bound by the heavens is a bond only as strong as death itself.

David and Jonathan’s oath was renewed every available opportunity and as the challenges heightened! They just had safety check in case someone was drifting away!

DO you have safety checks on your spiritual life? How do you gauge your fervency?

The 21st century seems to have a predilection for weak human relationships – no serious commitment, no evaluation. Marriages work as long as there is fair weather.  Friends split as soon as one person corrects another.

Can we do something about this?

 

The journey continues in two days… and we will talk about love.

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

 

P.S: If you have not gotten HeirWalk 12, it’s still available on the blog. Download your digital copy by clicking here.  And give me feedback.

 

All you need is water

Here in this worn and weary land, where many dreams have died.

But like a tree planted by the water, we never will run dry.

So living water flowing through, God we thirst for more of you.

Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire:

Just to know you and to make you known we lift your name on high.

Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide.

We know we were made for so much more that ordinary life.

It’s time for us to more than just survive.

We were made to thrive.

 

 

These words are from one of my favourite music albums, “Thrive” by Casting Crowns.They remind me of the Christian’s journey. With this, I say HeirWalk 12 is out!

This issue of HeirWalk is tagged Revive! In the process of pilgrimage through this uncharted territory [life],and while fulfilling the dream God places in our heart, we are often fazed by challenges that make vigour run cold.

A loss of a loved one, a very busy phase of life, a disturbing weakness, a strained relationship, or a waning communion – these things and more threaten to rob us of the joy of our relationship Jesus. They tend to trip us up and beset us.

When we are burned out, it is good to always remember to REVIVE. When you feel cut down, remember that as long as your roots are deep in Christ [in Him we live, move and have our being], all you need is water!

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Take time out to be still and renew your mind; soak up strength from His word – which is living water that cleanses and refreshes you. What keeps you going on this heir walk is continual dependence upon the Lord [faith] and consistent communion with Him [devotion].

If you feel your muscles are sagged, your strength is waned, just cry, “revive me O Lord!

For a tree there is always hope. Chop it down and it still has a chance– its roots can put out fresh sprouts.  Even if its roots are old and gnarled, its stump long dormant, at the first whiff of water it comes to life, buds and grows like a sapling.

Job 14:7-9 [MSG]

Click: heirwalk 12_ebook

The link to the Digital Version is available above. If you love it and would want to receive  subsequent editions in your inbox, put your email in the comment section or send an email to joshuababarinde@gmail.com.

Cheers,

Toluwanimi

The Burglar

Hello.

My friend made this flash animated short and I would like to share it with you. He says on his facebook page that he’s sorry, it’s got no audio and the animation is not ‘there’ yet – still working. But I think he’s going to do just fine for us here. I know he’s learning fast and will soon pull through greater things.

Are you ready?

 

Make a decision,

Toluwanimi

 

NB: If you want to be a part of my new book project, please email joshuababarinde@gmail.com requesting “The Motif”.

Milestone update

Hello.

Recently, as I checked through a project-funding website, I observed that the highest funding was available for people who wanted to do any stuff other than Christian projects.

Here is a sample of my findings from the website’s homepage: I will keep the details covert, but this is a real! [Donation in dollars]

  • A Phone mount [more like a phone holder] project got 253 backers and a 4 digit monetary donation
  • A movie theatre project got 53 backers and a 5 digit donation.
  • A geographical magazine project got 1467 backers and a 5 digit monetary goal.
  • A music album project got 807 backers and 5 digit support.
  • A video game got 18,520 backers and got an outstanding 6 digit funding!
  • A gospel book project got 9 backers and a 3 digit donation – less than the budgeted cost.
  • Even an art book whose budget was originally 4 digit got a 5 digit monetary support. I couldn’t stay too long on the page because the pictures were of semi-nude females. What an art book – but people loved it and supported it!

[tip – 6 digit support is like 600,000 dollars]

I discovered that more people supported projects that had to do with things that appeal to the natural everyday life, like phone jackets, music album, cinema, leisure, food and business.

Only very few had it in mind to back up the Gospel’s Propagation. Maybe they postponed it or were sceptical of authenticity. Or maybe the gospel didn’t provide an instant gratification. Or what?

I flipped through the succeeding pages of the website and other categories of project, thinking I would get better results, but before long, I discovered the best way to spot anything that had to do with Christ was to check the least funded and least backed project – I found one with as many as only 4 backers.

I wish it wasn’t true, but it is strikingly true.

I know, this is not a surprising discovery, but it’s sad. I’ve been involved in fund raising for programmes before. The top notch companies prefer to heavily support dance programmes, night clubs, and parties; but educative magazines, gospel events and charity causes receive little attention. Some proposals never go beyond the receptionist.

“But why is this,” I thought.

I could not get an answer other than ‘these people know what they cherish and they support it’. And for that, I do not blame them. You really do not expect an organization that does not believe in God or does not care about spirituality to support a crusade or a gospel event.

But here comes my point: what are the Christians doing? The Christians that the Lord has blessed with this resources, where are they?

Even churches prefer to embark on a business project, a bus purchase or a school rather than give to missions [yes! a church]. People pay to use buses for events. Students pay school fees, you know. There is a return for the investment. A visible return.

But in missions, there is a reward that far outweighs the transient one we so much reach for. But it’s invisible. You don’t get to see the joy in the boy who goes to school because you paid his school fees. You don’t get to see that one teenage pregnancy that was avoided by getting a free book on God’s gospel of hope to that little girl. You don’t get to see the exponential effect of the many silent services we render to God. But they are all recorded in heaven.

Anyway, this is the thought that crossed my mind as I wrote this piece. It gnaws at my heart, tugs me daily and says to me: when do we begin to support the Lord’s cause so His work be done.

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Cheers,

Toluwanimi

What to expect…

God gives the Word. Great is the company of those that publish it.

I Believe this with passion… the Lord will make the publishers of His word great. And He will send more passionate labourers into this publishing business… Anyway, peep into the “Donut” book specifications.

As I near publication, I seek ways to make this better…

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Cheers,

Toluwanmimi